At its peak, there were more than 9,000 of the video stores in operation.
Blockbuster has managed to keep locations open in Alaska longer than the rest of the country, thanks to the state's long winters and generally slow WiFi.
Even after receiving some attention from Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and being gifted some movie memorabilia in the form of the jock strap worn by Russell Crow in 2005's Cinderella Man, the reality of the modern media landscape couldn't be held back from reaching Alaska forever. We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years.
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For years now in Alaska, announcements have cropped up every few months that another Blockbuster will shut its doors.
That leave one last Blockbuster location open in the United States, in Bend, Oregon.
The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 and parent firm Dish Network started closing USA stores in 2013. The last survivor, which will probably be made into a museum of the 90's one day, is located in Bend, Oregon.
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"It's tough to tell the customers, it really is", Kevin Daymude, general manager at the DeBarr, Anchorage, location, told the newspaper. Unfortunately, they just weren't profitable enough for the owners to justify signing a new lease. People would flock to the shop on Friday nights, hoping to get the last copy of their favorite film or the latest release before it got snagged by someone else. Then, Netflix moved from the physical world into the digital world and everything began to change. After all, some argue, why go to all the trouble if you can just rent a movie from your couch? Now, the Anchorage Daily News reports the two Alaskan Blockbusters are closing for good.
After that, things kept going downhill. They will then reopen the next day through the end of August exclusively to sell off their remaining inventory.
It was the great poet Percy Shelley who once wrote: "And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Blockbuster, Video Store of Video Stores; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
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