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North Park's Blockbuster Video, at 2011 El Cajon Boulevard, is closing down forever. Signs at the North Park store indicate the entire inventory is being liquidated.

Parent company Blockbuster LLC was acquired by Dish Network back in 2011. Dish had planned to use all the Blockbuster outlets to expand its satellite TV marketing, and also offer cell-phone sales. That wireless business fizzled after Dish was reportedly unsuccessful in buying Sprint or the Clearwire broadband wireless network.

Dish has closed over 1000 of its video stores, resulting in major employee layoffs. Blockbuster has continued to lose money since Dish took it over.

Blockbuster's website shows three other area stores open: at 1555 Palm Avenue, San Diego; 2525 E. Plaza Boulevard, National City; and 2290 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista. A Reader request for comment from Dish corporate public relations did not receive a reply.

A local Blockbuster employee said the store will remain open until October 25.

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Dave Rice Sept. 20, 2013 @ 7:52 p.m.

Three stores? Wow...at the height of the first wave home video boom when I was a kid there were three Blockbusters within a 15 minute bike ride of my house in a suburban nowhere between El Cajon and La Mesa...

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Scott Marks Sept. 20, 2013 @ 8:39 p.m.

I first became suspicious of Blockbuster's devious booking policy when it was revealed that they rented edited versions of what they deemed more objectionable titles, i.e. "Last Tango in Paris." Their refusal to stock Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" sounded the death knell. Even though the company changed hands, the stigma remained and it's been decades since I have set foot in one of their stores. Besides, who needs Blockbuster, or Netflix for that matter, when Kensington Video, one of the finest purveyors of home video in the nation, is in our backyard?

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dwbat Oct. 2, 2013 @ 9:13 p.m.

Well, many like Netflix (and Amazon) for streaming videos. And around Halloween they love the screaming videos!

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orayzio Sept. 20, 2013 @ 11:34 p.m.

I used to work for the local video chain, Video Library, until they were swallowed by Blockbuster Video. Video Library had a lucrative porn video business (both Betamax and VHS), but that and the unrated videos were pulled out of the stores and I was quick to leave, as well.

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Ken Harrison Sept. 21, 2013 @ 4:27 a.m.

There was a Blockbuster still open somewhere? Wow! I had no idea. And Video Library is gone? I still have their membership card in my wallet. Anyone know if my Bob's Big Boy Club card is still good?

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Dave Rice Sept. 21, 2013 @ 9:19 a.m.

About as useful these days as my Paladin membership...

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Scott Marks Sept. 21, 2013 @ 6:24 p.m.

Hey, you like Richard Boone, too? That's wild!

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dwbat Sept. 24, 2013 @ 4:32 p.m.

Richard Boone rocked as Paladin. Also liked his later TV series, "The Richard Boone Show."

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dwbat Oct. 19, 2013 @ 3:53 p.m.

Not sure, but I'll trade my old Bullock's and May Co. dept. store cards for it!

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dwbat Nov. 6, 2013 @ 7:31 p.m.

This is how the North Park Blockbuster store looks now. And 300 more company-owned stores will soon look like this one.

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