At the height of its popularity, Blockbuster had nearly 10,000 stores across the United States. Before streaming services and Redbox kiosks, video rental stores were the best place to get the latest movies. Blockbuster featured 6,000 square feet of DVDs, VHS tapes, movie merchandise, and snacks -- everything you needed for a night snuggled up in front of the TV. In the late 80s, a new Blockbuster location opened every 17 hours. Today, only one Blockbuster store remains in Bend, Oregon.
Blockbuster opened in 1985 when David and Sandy Cook came up with the idea to create a big-box video rental store after the oil market collapsed. Blockbuster became the first rental chain to put their tapes on shelves. In 2000, Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, approached Blockbuster and offered to work with them to handle their online rental efforts. Blockbuster executives laughed him out of the room. They probably regret it now!