Where Was Blockbuster Filmed? Before online streaming sites like Netflix became popular, there were video rental stores everywhere.
So, it’s funny that the newest show on Netflix is a comedy about the last Blockbuster store that is still open.
In real life, the last remaining Blockbuster has become a very popular tourist spot. Where was Netflix’s series filmed, and did it use the real location of the last store?
Where Was Blockbuster Filmed?
Blockbuster was filmed in and around Vancouver, which is in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
This means that the Netflix show wasn’t filmed at the real last remaining Blockbuster store, which is in the US town of Bend, Oregon.
The 10-episode series’ filming began on February 28, 2022, and ended on May 4, 2022, two months later.
Manitoba Street Studios in South Vancouver, which has two sound stages and was used for most of the interior scenes, was the main place where the show was filmed.
Some scenes were also filmed in and around the city of Vancouver. For example, a row of shops on Broadway in Kitsilano between Collingwood and Waterloo Streets was used for some scenes.
Vancouver has become very popular with filmmakers in recent years. Many people call it “Hollywood North,” and big-name shows like Supernatural, House, Lucifer, See, The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, and the Marvel movies Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder have all been filmed there.
Real-life last Blockbuster store
Netflix may have done most of its filming in Vancouver, Canada, but the last Blockbuster store is in Bend, Oregon, which is south of the border between the US and Canada.
Ken and Debbie Tisher first opened the store as a branch of Pacific Video. In 2000, they changed the name of the store to Blockbuster.
Blockbuster closed all of its company-owned stores in 2014, when online streaming became the most popular way to watch movies and TV shows at home. Only 50 franchise-run stores stayed open.
But by March 2019, the Bend store was officially the last Blockbuster left in the world.
Since then, the last Blockbuster has become a popular place for tourists, and about 4,000 people still rent movies there.
In 2020, a movie called The Last Blockbuster was made about the store, and now Netflix has its own take on the famous last store.