Final credits roll on Morley Blockbuster

Blockbuster Morley owner Lyn Borszeky. Picture: Martin Kennealey d480399
Blockbuster Morley owner Lyn Borszeky. Picture: Martin Kennealey d480399

THE last Blockbuster video store in Australia is closing its doors and the Morley shop is having a closing-down sale to end all others.

The store, owned by Lyn and John Borszeky, will cease trading at the end of this month, leaving the Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon as the sole survivor of the franchise.

Today was the last day for rentals, but the sale begins from 10am tomorrow, with the doors to remain open until March 31.

Sentimental cinephiles can get their hands on Blockbuster signs, movies and other memorabilia.

THE FIGHT TO BE THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER ON EARTH

Is there still a Blockbuster?

It appears the Oregon store will now be the last on Earth.

MORLEY BLOCKBUSTER DEFYING THE ODDS

The moment the closing down sale signs went up on Friday, Morley customers began expressing their sadness, Ms Borszeky said.

Morley Blockbuster defied the odds for years.

Why did Blockbuster close? 

She said the writing had been on the wall for a long time amid the rise of streaming services such as Netflix.

“We knew change was coming but were a bit surprised how quickly it affected our customer base once Netflix hit the Australian market,” Ms Borszeky said last year.

Eventually, the domination of the streaming services proved too much.

“We put in a pretty good effort to be the last one in Australia, I suppose, but it was going to happen eventually and now is the time,” Ms Borszeky told AAP today.

Sentimental cinephiles can get their hands on Blockbuster signs in the closing down sale, which starts on March 8.

Ms Borszeky told Community News last year they were still getting film fans walking through the door to join.

“We get customers all the time pleading for us not to close as they still enjoy the experience and service that we provide,” Mrs Borszeky said.

“It is really gratifying to see the excitement when the kids are looking through and see their favourite character.

“It is sad to see where our industry has gone for a number of reasons.

“Firstly, the number of customers that have been disappointed when stores have closed and secondly our industry was a great employer of university students, who loved their movies and showed their passion when talking to customers.

“The hours we were open suited them as it enabled them to work around their university timetables.”