The Margin: As Alaska’s famed frontier Blockbusters go dark there’s 1 store left in entire U.S.

Alaska’s last two Blockbuster stores — community gathering spots and nostalgic tourist attractions that got a big plug from HBO’s John Oliver — are shuttering. That leaves just one of the once ubiquitous video rental hub open in the entire U.S.

The franchises in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night and reopen Tuesday for video liquidation sales through the end of August, said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska, according to the Associated Press. The closings were confirmed in a post on Blockbuster Alaska’s Facebook page.

The news magazine program CBS Sunday Morning in 2017 aired a feature on the significance of the community gathering place that these Blockbusters offered in Alaska, where movie nights and other events supplemented rentals.

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