Alaska Is Home to Over 50% of America’s Last Remaining Blockbuster Video Stores

Via a mini-documentary from Vice News:

For many Alaskans streaming online is not a good option, so movie night means Blockbuster night. While the vast majority of Blockbusters in the U.S. have closed down, there are few still hanging on. Today, there are only 10 left in the entire country, and six of those are in Alaska. But the dark, long winters and sparse layout of Alaska allows Blockbusters to do pretty well, especially when Wifi is substantially more expensive than in other states.

I love the instant access to movies we have today, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I sometimes miss browsing the stacks of the video rental store. Less convenient, sure, but I have a lot of memories tied to wandering around looking for a movie with friends, dates, or family (and arguing about what to get).