In my opinion I never liked Blockbuster Video sure maybe they had better rental deals but it wasn't the same as the corner video store I always found Blockbuster bland and generic if that makes sense the corner video store always had something you couldn't find at Blockbuster.
Yeah, I’m not sure people are so much nostalgic for Blockbuster specifically as much as it’s just that because it was the biggest chain, Blockbuster is now the thing most commonly associated with the video era. For me, Blockbuster seemed like it had more and more people talking about it as video stores started disappearing.
But I also didn’t have a local Blockbuster, so I think I just missed out in that regard. I would walk down every weekend to rent a movie at a local mom & pop rental store that was right by my house. And then I’d also sometimes rent from the convenience store across the street from the school, which for some reason had a great horror selection.
Ironically, the video store downtown that my uncle owned was the one I probably rented from the least. The closest local chain was Movie Gallery, which was just kind of Blockbuster-ish.
The thing about Blockbuster, now, at least, is that it does this. It opens up the conversation to people’s personal experiences as to where they did/didn’t rent, because it’s the go-to figurehead establishment when people think of video stores.