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Man Puzzled By 'Glitch In The Matrix' As He Looks Inside Derelict Blockbuster Store

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Man Puzzled By 'Glitch In The Matrix' As He Looks Inside Derelict Blockbuster Store

A man has been left confused by what he calls a 'glitch in the Matrix' inside his local former Blockbuster store.


Sharing his discovery on TikTok, user @w.ild.e wrote: "Anyone wanna take a guess as to why it's even there?"

In the video, he can be seen walking round the outside of an old Blockbuster, filming as he goes.


He can be heard explaining what he sees, saying: "Right so there's a blockbuster near me, I pass it like all the time."

After he passes his reflection, he explains: "Inside this abandoned blockbuster near me, just a Covid-19 sign.

"What kind of glitch in the Matrix is that - what's the purpose of that?"

Now, the weird thing here is that Blockbuster went out of business in the UK ages ago. The business itself went bust in 2013 in the UK, with all stores ceasing trading by 16 December that year.

Credit: TikTok
Credit: TikTok

So that makes it all the more interesting that there would be a Covid-19 warning sign in one seven years later.

Well, TikTokers sure have got imagination.

One wrote: "What if Blockbuster was always open, time broke, the timeline changed and that's a remnant of the version where it never shut down."


Yes, makes perfect sense.

The plot thickens, though, with another user commenting: "I live near it but have never seen it. Just looked for it on Google Maps and can't find it either."

It's definitely there, love.

But, as always, there is someone with an answer, thank god.


One local genius wrote: "They have inspectors, in as in the next few years it's either being knocked down or built in as an Aldi or Lidl."

Another took it even further, commenting: "It's a CBRE sign which is commercial real estate. They probably put it in ever space they own or manage in case they showed it."

There is actually a documentary on the iconic brand, which came out in March.

The Last Blockbuster looks at - you guessed it - the last Blockbuster store, which is still going strong in Bend, Oregon.

Credit: The Last Blockbuster
Credit: The Last Blockbuster

It delves into the pre-Netflix institution, which was actually given the chance to buy the streaming service in its early days for $50 million (£36m).

The movie features interviews with fans, employees and business people, as well as a nostalgic look back at the relic of a by-gone era.

For anyone not familiar with Blockbuster, it was like the real life, bricks and mortar version of Netflix, where people actually had to leave the house to get a film to watch (crazy, I know).

Featured Image Credit: TikTok

Topics: Community

Amelia Ward
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