A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 09, 2008
“Make it a Blockbuster night” (Blockbuster)

Blockbuster Inc. began with a Dallas video store in 1985. The entertainment rental store is now the largest such chain in the world, headquartered at the Renaissance Tower in Dallas.

“Make it a Blockbuster night” is one of Blockbuster’s slogans, trademarked from 1993.


Wikipedia: Bloackbuster, Inc.
Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI) is the largest chain of DVD and video game rental stores in the world. It is headquartered at Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas, Texas.

History
Blockbuster began in Dallas, Texas when it opened its first store on October 19, 1985. The founder of the company was Wayne Huizenga. Cook grew the business and brought it public before handing the reins to CEO Joe Mitchell, who quickly grew it into a multi-billion dollar corporation. The company became a part of Viacom Inc. in 1994 at a price of $8.4 billion. Also in 1994, the Blockbuster Block Party concept was test-marketed in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Indianapolis, Indiana; Block Party was an “entertainment complex” aimed at adults, contained eight themed areas housing a restaurant, games, laser tag arena and motion simulator rides and was housed in a windowless building the size of a city block. During the 1990s Blockbuster bought out their major UK rival Ritz Video and changed the name of all the stores to their own, which made them the number one video rental store in the country by a wide margin.

In 1996, the Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation (as it was then known) was renamed Blockbuster, Inc. and the retail stores, then called Blockbuster Video were renamed Blockbuster. Older stores have not changed.

In 2002, Blockbuster acquired Movie Trading Company, a Dallas chain that buys, sells, and trades movies and games, to study potential business models for DVD and game trading. Also that year, they acquired Gamestation, a 64 store UK computer and console games retailer chain.

(Trademark)
Word Mark MAKE IT A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT
Goods and Services IC 041. US 107. G & S: rental of audio and video software and hardware and related home entertainment products and equipment. FIRST USE: 19930615. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19930615
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 74408844
Filing Date July 6, 1993
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition June 14, 1994
Registration Number 1852673
Registration Date September 6, 1994
Owner (REGISTRANT) BLOCKBUSTER Entertainment Corporation CORPORATION DELAWARE 200 South Andrews Avenue Ft. Lauderdale FLORIDA 33301
(LAST LISTED OWNER) BLOCKBUSTER INC. CORPORATION BY MERGER, BY ASSIGNMENT, BY CHANGE OF NAME, BY MERGER, BY CHANGE OF NAME DELAWARE 1201 ELM STREET DALLAS TEXAS 752702102
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Prior Registrations 1424341;1491589;1601597;AND OTHERS
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20040802.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20040802
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

(Trademark)
Word Mark MAKE IT A BLOCKBUSTER…
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: [ clothing, namely, T-shirts, headwear ]. FIRST USE: 19930615. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19930615
IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: rental of films, cinema films, motion pictures, video cassettes, video discs, video cassette recorders, video cameras, video games, video game players, CD-ROMs, compact disc interactive software and associated hardware featuring entertainment. FIRST USE: 19930615. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19930615
IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: retail store and catalogue services in the fields of audio and video recordings and associated hardware; music and related home entertainment electronics and accessories therefor; games, stationery, books, magazines, foodstuffs, jewelry and accessories, computer software and hardware. FIRST USE: 19930615. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19930615
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 75112793
Filing Date June 3, 1996
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition February 25, 1997
Change In Registration CHANGE IN REGISTRATION HAS OCCURRED
Registration Number 2063182
Registration Date May 20, 1997
Owner (REGISTRANT) BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT INC. CORPORATION DELAWARE 200 South Andrews Avenue Fort Lauderdale FLORIDA 33301
(LAST LISTED OWNER) BLOCKBUSTER INC. CORPORATION BY CHANGE OF NAME DELAWARE 1201 ELM STREET LEGAL DEPARTMENT DALLAS TEXAS 75270
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Prior Registrations 1413706;1424341;1601598;1771243;1802394;1821789;1852673;1868690;1868774; 1891727;1892696;1913693;AND OTHERS
Description of Mark The dots in the drawing represents blank spaces which will contain non-trademark matters.
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). PARTIAL SECTION 8(10-YR) 20071009.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20071009
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

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