Revisiting a Blockbuster That Is Now Actually a Key Bank


Earlier today, managing editor Dave Cameron published a post entitled Revisiting a Blockbuster That Was Actually a Heist, in which he (i.e. Cameron) examines the trade that sent Ken Griffey Jr. from Seattle to Cincinnati in exchange for Mike Cameron and other assorted pieces.

At almost that same moment in America’s history, the present author was actually living in Seattle’s very pleasant Wallingford neighborhood. Not very far from his house at that time: a Blockbuster Video* location, on the corner of N 45th St and Densmore Ave N.

Revisiting that Blockbuster via Google Maps, one finds now a Key Bank location (pictured above). “Things change,” is perhaps the lesson there. “All but 50 Blockbusters worldwide have closed as of January 2014,” is another lesson available to anyone who spends more than 30 seconds with the relevant Wikipedia page.

*It’s possible that the store in question was actually a Hollywood Video. “I don’t care,” is the author’s response to that sort of “factual information.”

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  1. tz says:

    Eventually all the nice GIFs on this site will be available on Notflix.

    Then what?

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  2. Eric Garcia says:

    There used to be a Hollywood Video near me; it’s now a liquor store but they kept the sign. It’s now Hollywood Liquor.

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  3. person of the internet says:

    As a person of the internet, you do realize you can easily confirm that it was a Hollywood Video, yes?

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  4. Not the most interesting column on Fangraphs says:

    I don’t always read NOTGraphs but when I do… I shake my head

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  5. Ebenezer says:

    The Hollywood Video on 45th was a much larger store – I’m thinking it was just west of I-5, perhaps what is now Wine World and Spirits. Which is about eleven blocks east of 45th and Densmore.

    An important side note – don’t ever try to learn Seattle geography by watching “Say Anything” – it’ll just screw with your brain.

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