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Tweets from the End of the World: The Last Blockbuster’s Best Twitter Moments

By  · Published on July 1st, 2016

If you’re a regular reader of OPS, you might have heard it mentioned a time or two that in our meteoric rise to here, both Editor in Chief Geoff Todd and myself spent time as clerks in video stores. Once upon a time that job was a badge of honor. These days, it’s practically non-existent.

For our younger readers, video stores were three-dimensional Netflix queues you could walk inside. I know, crazy, right?

I won’t go on too long lamenting the death of the video store at the hands of streaming services, I’ll just say that a good, big video store like Movie Madness in Portland, OR, or Scarecrow in Seattle, or Video Room in NYC beats the shit out of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon combined every single day of the week and twice on Friday nights.

When the video store was at the height of its influence, there were as many Blockbusters as there were McDonalds, it seemed like, but between streaming and kiosks, all the blue-and-yellow storefronts have slowly been whittled away to one last, lone, non-corporate-affiliated outlet somewhere in America “in the Oak Park Shopping Center between the Ace Hardware and the former O’Kelly Dojo.” While the veracity of their existence might be unbelievable to some, what is undeniable is the charm of their highly-entertaining Twitter feed that oscillates between hilarious, rhapsodical, wistful and bitterly poignant.

For more on the store itself, check out this interview they gave to The Daily Dot, but in the meantime behold some of my favorite tweets from my new favorite feed:

Maybe they mean the movie? That was a lost cause, too.

I used to list my occupation on tax forms as “film archivist.”

You would be shocked and appalled how many times I had to clean pee out of the one where I worked.

And my favorite, this simple plea for respect:

I see you, Last Blockbuster In The World. Much love.

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