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The credits roll as Blockbuster closes all stores

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NATIONAL CITY (CBS 8) - The days of going to Blockbuster to pick out a movie are officially coming to an end.

Blockbuster's current owner, Dish Network, announced that it is closing its last 300 locations nationwide.

Since National City resident Jesus Deleon retired, he's made a sort of second career out of renting movies from Blockbuster.

"I rent six a day, so times 7, that's 42 a week," he said.

So the news that approximately 300 blockbuster stores nationwide will close by early January came as a blow.

"I think I will quit watching movies. I watched so many already, so there's no sense watching more," Deleon said.

"I'm not really surprised, because nowadays there's Netflix and Red Box," a consumer said.

At its peak, Blockbuster operated more than 9,000 stores nationwide, with a market value of $5 billion. But with the rising popularity of streaming video through the internet, the demand for video rentals has drastically declined.

That demand hasn't diminished in Alma Dagar's household. Her family relies on Blockbuster for their Friday evening movie tradition.

"Usually we make it a family night thing. Now what are we going to do?" she said.

And while the answer to that for many may be turning to the internet for movies, that's not necessarily a happy ending for some loyal Blockbuster customers.

"I'm old school. I like going out and renting movies," a Blockbuster customer said.

"I'm not into internet things. I like meeting people, that's the best thing for me," Deleon said.

While all Blockbuster stores nationwide will close by early January, Blockbuster has also announced it will discontinue its DVD mail service in mid-December.

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