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This is why you might spot a Blockbuster Video in Vancouver this spring

A blast from the past.
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Netflix's new workplace comedy about Blockbuster Video is filming in Vancouver.

In late February, Netflix’s Blockbuster Video workplace comedy series began filming in Vancouver.

Starring Randall Park (who is spent time in Vancouver filming the food-centric rom-com movie Always Be My Maybe with Ally Wong) stars as a clerk working at the last Blockbuster store in the U.S. The series also stars Melissa Fumero, who along with creator Sarah Ramos is a Brooklyn Nine-Nine alum. (She recently enjoyed dinner at Rodney's Oyster House with director of photography Rick Page, who's also helmed Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Sex Lives of College Girls.)

Blockbuster Video has seen a resurgence as of late thanks to a lot of social media nostalgia and the 2021 documentary about the once-dominate chain’s lone location in Bend, Oregon, chronicled in The Last Blockbuster.

The once-dominant chain’s bankruptcy was swift; by 2011, most of the low-rise stores had been turned into dollar stores, gyms or condo projects and the blue-and-yellow signage disappeared from the Lower Mainland seemingly overnight.

The new series has been filming around Kitsilano, concentrated on Broadway between Waterloo and Collingwood. So far, no blue-and-yellow facades have been spotted around town but with production not expected to wrap until early May, there’s still time.