BLOCKBUSTER® and Citibank announce agreement to install Citibank proprietary banking machines in up to 3,000 BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO® stores in the U.S.
BLOCKBUSTER® acquires 39 Video Flicks stores in Australia.
BLOCKBUSTER® signs an agreement with Gemini Holdings, a Polish-based real estate and retail group, to develop 65 stores in the Polish Republic over the next five years.
BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO® stores host 1998 MTV Movie Awards balloting.
A new "I'll Be There" ad promotes a
new releases guarantee at BLOCKBUSTER®.
fourth annual BLOCKBUSTER Entertainment Awards airs live from the Pantages Theater in Hollywood on UPN.
A new BLOCKBUSTER® commercial, featuring the well-known computer-generated
image of "the dancing baby,"
premieres during the BLOCKBUSTER Entertainment
Awards to promote more available video copies and extended viewing time.
BLOCKBUSTER® and Planet Hollywood announce the co-hosting of VIP viewing parties for the 1998
BLOCKBUSTER Entertainment Awards at select sites. Customers may register at either
BLOCKBUSTER® and Ticketmaster announce their retail ticket center outlet agreement will cease when the term expires in May.
"Go Home Happy!" -- Responding to customer suggestions, BLOCKBUSTER® refocuses on its core video rental business and introduces a new standard for customer satisfaction unmatched by its competitors.
BLOCKBUSTER® announces nominees for the
1998 BLOCKBUSTER Entertainment Awards.
BLOCKBUSTER® announces a plan to separate the management music and video operations to focus on core video business, and at the same time, support the successful operation of their music stores.
The BLOCKBUSTER® GiftCard, previously available in $5, $10, $15 and $20 denominations, is made available in $25 and $50.
BLOCKBUSTER® tests offering an early return incentive program and more video copies.
Blockbuster associates are among thousands of Viacom participants in the 3rd annual
Viacommunity Day to help with "Louder than Words" volunteer activities throughout the U.S.
Nearly 4,000 BLOCKBUSTER® stores raise $1.5 million for the "Fast Forward to End Hunger" program to help local food banks feed more than 7 million Americans.
BLOCKBUSTER®, in a partnership with Buick, awards 20 new cars in the national "Century Summer Sweepstakes."
BLOCKBUSTER® celebrates the grand opening of its headquarters store, which will fund Dallas-area charitable causes.
The BLOCKBUSTER GIFTCARD rolls out nationwide in the U.S. to replace paper gift certificates.
BLOCKBUSTER® sponsors RockFest, the largest single-ticketed event this year, with an attendance of more than 380,000 at the Texas Motor Speedway. RockFest '97 is also webcast live on the BLOCKBUSTER® website.
Dallas proclaims May 16th "Blockbuster Day," welcoming the company back to Dallas.
BLOCKBUSTER® opens its first store in Montevideo, Uruguay.
BLOCKBUSTER® now has stores in 12 Latin American countries and 28 international countries.
BLOCKBUSTER® revives the highly successful MAKE IT A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT® campaign.
The third annual BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS airs live on the UPN network.
BLOCKBUSTER® opens the first of five stores in Taipei, Taiwan.
BLOCKBUSTER® offers enhanced narration movies for blind and visually impaired customers at 500 neighborhood entertainment stores.
"One World, One Word: BLOCKBUSTER®" - Blockbuster debuts the new company logo featuring the BLOCKBUSTER( name alone on the blue torn ticket background.
BLOCKBUSTER® announces agreement with Sony Electronics Inc. to offer in-store promotions to introduce the Digital Versatile Disk (DVD). BLOCKBUSTER® ends the year with more than 5,300 stores.
BLOCKBUSTER® enters the home computer industry by acquiring a minority interest in PC Upgrades, a business that specializes in upgrading personal computers.
BLOCKBUSTER® acquires the 217 video store chain of Xtra-vision in Ireland.
BLOCKBUSTER® signs a joint venture agreement with Roly International Holdings Ltd. to identify retail opportunities throughout Asia.
BLOCKBUSTER® and The New York Times Company join forces to launch BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT FEATURE MAGAZINE, a monthly entertainment magazine for Blockbuster members.
The BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK is introduced in more than 700 stores in the United Kingdom.
BLOCKBUSTER® acquires Video Factory Inc. and a number of its affiliated companies in the northeastern U.S.
BLOCKBUSTER® opens first store in Portugal.
BLOCKBUSTER® enters the Scandinavian market with the acquisition of Christianshavn Video in Denmark.
BLOCKBUSTER® opens the first stores within a major retail location at Wal-Mart Super Centers in Texas.
The first BLOCKBUSTER® stores open in El Salvador and Panama.
The second BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS® airs live on the UPN network.
The first BLOCKBUSTER® store opens in Ecuador.
BLOCKBUSTER® and Sears, Roebuck and Co. announce a license agreement for BLOCKBUSTER MUSIC sites in Sears Brand Central locations.
BLOCKBUSTER® introduces a stored-value electronic giftcard.
The first BLOCKBUSTER® store opens in Peru.
BLOCKBUSTER® ends the year with more than 5,000 stores.
BLOCKBUSTER® launches merchandise for sale via MTV and VH1 online sites.
BLOCKBUSTER® celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
The first BLOCKBUSTER® stores open in Colombia and Thailand.
Israel's first BLOCKBUSTER® store opens near Tel Aviv. BLOCKBUSTER® launches a World Wide Web site.
BLOCKBUSTER® and the Coca-Cola Company® announce distribution rights of Coca-Cola® products at BLOCKBUSTER® locations worldwide.
The first annual BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS® airs on CBS.
The first BLOCKBUSTER® store opens in Germany.
Introduction of the BLOCKBUSTER® Visa® Card, the world's first co-branded entertainment card.
Blockbuster introduces the BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK an original, four-hour exclusive edition of "Entertainment Tonight," to air in all U.S. stores.
The first BLOCKBUSTER® store opens in Brazil.
First BLOCKBUSTER® store opens in Argentina. BLOCKBUSTER® ends year with 4,600 stores.
BLOCKBUSTER® opens first store in New Zealand.
Viacom Inc. acquires BLOCKBUSTER®.
BLOCKBUSTER® begins offering interactive game hardware, software and accessories. May: First BLOCKBUSTER® store opens in Italy.
BLOCKBUSTER® acquires Super Club Entertainment Corp., a leading music and video retailer in the southeastern U.S.
BLOCKBUSTER® ends the year with more than 3,700 stores.
BLOCKBUSTER® increases ownership in Spelling to 70.5%.
BLOCKBUSTER® introduces MAKE IT A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT® campaign.
BLOCKBUSTER® acquires a majority interest in Spelling Entertainment Group Inc.
BLOCKBUSTER® acquires 35% ownership interest in Republic Pictures Corp.
BLOCKBUSTER® acquires Sound Warehouse and Music Plus chains and creates BLOCKBUSTER MUSIC® stores.
BLOCKBUSTER® ends the year with more than 3,300 stores.
"The Power to Hear it All" - BLOCKBUSTER® opens its 3,000th store in New York City.
First stores open in Australia, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela and Austria. BLOCKBUSTER® ends the year with more than 2,000 stores.
BLOCKBUSTER® acquires Errol's Video Inc., the third-largest video retailer in the U.S.
"Show us your cards America!"-- BLOCKBUSTER® ends the year with more than 1,500 stores.
First store opens in Canada. BLOCKBUSTER® ends the year with more than 1,000 stores.
Nationwide community service program introduced. It provides free rentals of family-oriented videos on health, safety, education and quality of life.
BLOCKBUSTER® acquires its first store in London (the Ritz chain).
BLOCKBUSTER® ends the year with more than 500 stores.
The first BLOCKBUSTER® advertising slogan, "WOW! WHAT A DIFFERENCE®" is implemented.
BLOCKBUSTER® moves its headquarters from Dallas to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
BLOCKBUSTER® ends the year with more than 200 stores.
A national distribution system is created and a 25,000-square-foot distribution center opens in Dallas.
BLOCKBUSTER® ends the year with 19 stores.
The Reel Superstore-- BLOCKBUSTER® opens its first store in Dallas, Texas.