A visual timeline of Blockbuster in Dallas through the years
Need a chance to be nice and rewind? Look no further.
Before algorithm-based streaming services, before video-on-demand, there was Blockbuster: the Dallas-born video rental giant nearly four decades ago. Shop windows adorned with ticket stubs dotted the world
by thousands, offering customers dozens of VHS tapes – and later, DVDs – and employees willing to suggest a good romantic comedy or horror movie for a sleepover. In 2002, Blockbuster had a market value of $5 billion.
Those days, of course, are long gone: Blockbuster announced it was closing all company-owned stores at the end of 2013. Now there is only one Blockbuster left, in Bend, Ore. But the love for the vestigial brand lives on – Dave Carrera helps run the store’s software from his Plano home, and
sentimental tributes at the stronghold blue and yellow are commonplace.
Related:How a Texas Man Keeps Blockbuster Alive
So, in the name of nostalgia, we scoured our archives and found 15 photos that show Blockbuster’s journey through Dallas, from its founding to its final breaths. Light, camera, action.
Kenneth Ward Anderson (left) and David P. Cook, pictured July 7, 1986. They launched Blockbuster with a store on the corner of Northwest Highway and Skillman Street in October 1985. (Milton Hinnant / 14581)
Kirk Denny (left) watches Cindy Burr and her 13-month-old daughter Tracy at Blockbuster Videos at the Medallion Center on April 11, 1988. (Randy Eli Grothe)
Blockbuster Entertainment senior vice president of corporate relations Jonathan S. Baskin, left, shows Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, center, his giant Blockbuster card November 11, 1996, during a press conference to announce Blockbuster’s headquarters move to Dallas. (Irwin Thompson / 96941)
John Antioco, Blockbuster’s CEO from 1997 to 2007, shown here at a Blockbuster on McKinney Avenue. This photo was posted on April 7, 1998. (David Leeson / 114765)
Rick Quinones (left) receives his copy of “Titanic” from Blockbuster employee Greg Hoeft at midnight September 1, 1998. The Blockbuster at 3501 McKinney Ave. stayed open until 2:00 am for people who couldn’t wait another day for a copy of “Titanic”. (Barber, Gary / 119904)
The Blockbuster airship takes off from Redbird Airport (now Dallas Executive Airport) for a scheduled flight around downtown Dallas on December 4, 1998.
Diane Lucas, Central Area Marketing Manager for Blockbuster, left, tells Jay Henson, middle, that he just won $1 million in the Blockbuster Million Dollar Summer Promotion, at the Blockbuster store in 2515 E. Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton, July 19, 1999.
(Thanks Saenz Dickson / 130810)
Over the years, Blockbuster has made strides in trying to keep up with technology trends. This included offering more games, as shown in this photograph, published November 25, 2001. (KIM RITZENTHALER / 162152)
Blockbuster began increasing its DVD offerings to meet customer demand, as seen in this photo, posted October 18, 2002. (KIM RITZENTHALER / 162152)
A Blockbuster video rental store shown in Dallas, Tuesday, February 10, 2004. Viacom Inc. announced plans to divest its majority stake in Blockbuster and take a $1.3 billion charge to write down the value of the company. (LM OTERO / AP)
Chelsea Burns returns video to a Dallas Blockbuster outlet before noon Tuesday, December 14, 2004 to avoid late fees. On January 1, 2005, Blockbuster eliminated late fees on games and movies. (RON HEFLIN/AP)
Customers enter a Blockbuster video store in Dallas on the evening of July 23, 2006. (RON HEFLIN/AP)
Boss Richard Daly of Dallas checks out the Blockbuster Express digital download kiosk at the Blockbuster in Preston and Royal in Dallas February 11, 2010. Customers could download up to three movies for $1.99 each onto an SD card to take home and watch on the green Play Digital Media Player, which was also sold at Blockbuster for $29.99. (SONYA N. HEBERT/Staff Photography)
A van drives past an empty Blockbuster video store on Mockingbird Lane near Abrams Road March 17, 2010 in Dallas. The video store closed earlier that year, and all that remained was a blank blue sign in place of the Blockbuster logo.
Blockbuster announced that it would close all of its remaining company-owned stores by January 2014. Clearance sales were underway, including at the Allen location at 1314 W McDermott Dr., pictured December 2, 2013.
(Michael Ainsworth / staff photographer)