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3. Blockbuster

When it came down to checking out the latest movies on DVD, and those foreign objects we used to call VHS, America was obsessed with making it a Blockbuster night. Going out to rent a movie or video game was actually cool at one point, and Blockbuster stores added to the experience by selling movie theater snacks at the register. The brand even reached such a high status that they launched the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards —pretty much the VMAs of film award season that had a seven-year run. Once everyone discovered Netflix, and the wonders of streaming HQ movies from your couch, Blockbuster got the short end of the stick. After filing for bankruptcy in 2010, the last remaining retail locations closed in January 2014.

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