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.