Last Blockbuster in Hillsborough Still Open in Carrollwood

It's on Anderson Road.

I have a confession to make.

I'm a 30-something who still enjoys renting movies at Blockbuster video stores.

There's something about getting in my car and driving to a rental location with a title in mind - or, in some cases, blindly heading there without a clue as to what I'll rent - and scouring the aisles for a good movie. I remember making it a Blockbuster night as a kid, helping pick out a movie with my parents and making sure we were kind enough to rewind it in the VCR after it was over.

Much like those days, the choices are endless. There's action, comedy and drama, all packed into one place. As I wander the aisles, my mind races. 

Do I want to try and remember my favorite lines from "A League of Their Own?" Do I feel like sitting through a biopic like "Ray?" Better yet, do I want to summon the holiday spirit early and grab a copy of "Serendipity?"

Let's not get started on the new releases wall.

This designated area snakes around the store, its shelves packed with titles to films I may or may not ever see that have made recent runs in theaters nearby.

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Sadly, there's only one place in Hillsborough County where I'm able to get my video fix these days. The lone Blockbuster in Hillsborough County is in Carrollwood at 12059 Anderson Road, according to Danielle Johnson in the corporate communications department at Blockbuster.

I figured that location was becoming an anomaly when I noticed that the Blockbuster in a shopping plaza at Dale Mabry and Van Dyke Road closed its doors.

Call my habit an antiquated one if you want, but I'm the same way with library books. I recently lost my library card and immediately trekked to the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library on Bearss Avenue to replace it.

Why the rush?

Much like movies, I like to actually pick out books to read. No Kindle or NOOK over here.

But, back to Blockbuster.

I'm crossing my fingers that the Carrollwood location doesn't meet a tragic end like others in the Tampa Bay area have.

If it does, I guess there's always Redbox.

Do you still like to pick out your movies in person? Let us know in the comments section.

Christopher Nank June 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I hear you. There's something nostalgic/sentimental about browsing through the movies! I feel the same way about music and book stores!
Camille C. Spencer June 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
@Christopher: Exactly! I hope this location stays open for a little while longer.


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