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Arkadium Retro Arcade - Sherwood Park, AB, Canada

By bcrage88

1 year ago

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    #1 1 year ago

    Yes the rumours are true, its official Arkadium Retro Arcade will be opening in late summer/early fall of 2019 in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.

    I can't tell you how excited I am to be involved in this project.

    My journey started when I was 5 years old and my dad gave me a quarter at a local pool hall / arcade and I put in a Paragon pinball machine. From that moment I was hooked on pinball and haven't stopped playing since. As I got older, I was able to walk to the local arcade near my house and I was lucky to meet a number of life long friends just by hanging out and playing arcade and pinball in my early ages. Later on I was able to afford my own collection and have recently really gotten in competition pinball which has fueled my desire to bring pinball and arcade back into relevance in our city. I have met so many great people in this hobby and that is really the experience and passion that I want to bring with this new facility and open it up to a whole new generation.

    The new facility will be all ages (yes, the only all ages arcade location in the Edmonton area). All machines will be on free play for one entrance fee, based on the same model as a lot of the Pinball Museum's in the US. It will be licensed, also serving vintage sodas and a small menu of gourmet hot dogs. We will have limited night time hours on Wednesday - Friday and be open all day on Saturday - Sunday.

    There will be a special party room built upstairs that can be rented out for children birthdays, groups or corporate events. It will also be the home of a future pinball league for an awesome competition pinball experience, with tv's mounted over each machine and cameras that will show the action on the playfield. We also plan on having a steaming booth and a permanent setup and ability to easily switch from one machine to another for our bigger tournaments and league play. There will be a small bar area and over 20 pins and 40 classic arcades setup in the upstairs portion of the Arcade.

    In the main floor there will be a bigger bar area, small food service with 20 pinball and 20-40 classic arcades for your enjoyment. The facility is just under 5000 sq.ft so there will be lots of room to operate. This is a retro arcade so this won't be all new machines, in fact there will be a lots of EM's, Solid States and Modern machines to make it a balanced experience and something where people can enjoy all eras of machine. The classic arcades will have all of the best retro titles, as well as many multiplayer classic machines for everyone's enjoyment.

    The website is being constructed, facebook and social media feeds will be created as we hope to be able to promote it in the coming months. The renovations of the facility have started so we will try to provide updates as we can. Super excited to get this project off the ground and want to thank all of my partners who believed in the project and helping make this happen. We are really proud we have been able to do this with our own funds, no go fund me or handouts, we are all passionate collectors who want to the public to experience the best of the hobby and decided to take on the risk and see what happens.

    Hope to be able to open the doors in a couple of months, so speculate away and we hope to see you at the grand opening when it is announced!!!!

    #2 1 year ago

    Good luck with this Derek, sounds like a fun idea.

    #3 1 year ago

    The demo has started, lots of fun work ahead.

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    #4 1 year ago

    Another productive day, demo is almost completed upstairs...

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    #5 1 year ago

    A retro Arcade... Neat-o!

    #6 1 year ago

    Congrats and good luck. I hope to hope to be able to head in.

    #7 1 year ago

    Congrats buddy. A much need place. I missed many nights of league due to childcare. This will work well. Have a corner for darts. Maybe some combetive car racing simulators... the possibilities are endless. If you need anything please let me know

    #8 1 year ago

    Almost completed the demo downstairs things are coming along nicely.
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    #9 1 year ago

    Yes! Very much looking forward to playing your Paragon!!!

    #10 1 year ago

    Okay the lights are getting installed downstairs and the framing for the huge ass tv upstairs doorway and stream room / office is completed. Will try to click a few pictures if I am in there tomorrow.

    #11 1 year ago

    Following with excitement!

    #12 1 year ago

    Popped by the facility today the guys were working hard and made a little progress again. Almost all of the walls are now framed and most of the lights are installed downstairs.

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    #13 1 year ago

    We got our Facebook Page up now and finalized our signage.


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    #14 1 year ago

    A hard week is finally done, the downstairs is taking shape, the majority of wiring/power has been rerun and everything looks really clean!!! The entry way was framed and started the bathroom downstairs by jack hammering the concrete in preparation to install a toilet. Happy Canada Day everyone back to work next week.

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    #16 1 year ago

    Great news! Can’t wait to visit!

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    #17 1 year ago

    Nothing to really report this week other than electrical and lighting is pretty well done, a few bulk heads were completed and we have fully ripped out the men’s bathroom and starting the plumbing in the downstairs and upstairs bathrooms. Starting to get to the finishing stage in the rooms and will start to see some real progress over the coming weeks.

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    #18 1 year ago

    A couple plug-ins and she looks good to go!

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    #19 12 months ago

    Okay been a while since we gave you an update. The electrical, plumbing has all passed inspection which was a big milestone for us so we can now finally start doing some finishing work. Hope to have the majority of the place boarded up by the weekend, bar areas framed and ready for ceiling painting by next week. Our target is still the middle of September so hopefully we can keep on track!!!!

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    #20 11 months ago

    This week is all about the paint, so ceilings and walls will hopefully be completed by this weekend. Will snap some pictures after this week to give everyone a sneak peak.

    #21 11 months ago

    The new signage is now up hope you like it!!!

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    #22 11 months ago

    Starting to lay down the new flooring upstairs looking good so far!!!

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    #23 11 months ago

    The painting was completed upstairs on Saturday special thanks to KH, LA, HT, CT for helping out big time. Another painting party next week to finish the downstairs!!!


    #24 11 months ago

    We completing the flooring upstairs and now finished the first coat of paint downstairs starting to see some real progress now.

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    #25 11 months ago

    The start of the downstairs bathroom glad we are starting to get this finished.

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    #26 10 months ago

    More work done today the floor on the bathrooms, the removal of tile in the downstairs room, a bunch of cleanup upstairs and downstairs and we moved 7 machines upstairs!!! A picture of the first machine cleaned and placed on show floor, this place is going to look awesome once everything is placed in there!!!

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    #27 10 months ago

    Nice launch button on that AFM
    Great job you guys are doing.
    Look forward to November tournaments.

    #28 10 months ago

    Ya a pretty cool guy hooked me up and now I get to share it this beautiful machine with all the community!!!

    Quoted from pingod:

    Nice launch button on that AFM
    Great job you guys are doing.
    Look forward to November tournaments.

    #29 10 months ago

    We got the tile removed and will strip the floor down to concrete tomorrow. Really starting to take shape.

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    #30 10 months ago

    It been a journey but we are starting to see the light. The website should be promoted this week, the carpet is almost installed and machines are starting to make their way into the facility. Hopefully we can get the bathrooms and bar areas close to finalized this week!!! Once that is complete we should be able to nail down the opening weekend. Look out for an announcement soon as Arkadium is coming soon!!!

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    #31 10 months ago
    Quoted from bcrage88:

    Arkadium is coming soon!!!

    Where is the Hot Tub Going to Go? Can't wait.

    #32 10 months ago

    The website is finally up for Arkadium Retro Arcade so you can see what the fuss is all about. Opening soon!!!!


    #33 10 months ago

    Congrats DRT and fellow owners.
    Can't wait to try out the new games.

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    #34 9 months ago

    When is the opening

    #35 9 months ago

    Man, that's a impressive lineup of both arcade and pinball machines. Really like the pay a fee for a day buissnes model. Would be a really cool school field trip? Haha. Congrats to all involved and looking forward to popping in when I'm in town.

    #36 9 months ago

    This is going to be great
    Spent a few weekends moving pins and arcades to help the guys out
    Donated some pinballs to get some new people into pinball
    Derek and Gilles have spent a ton of time

    Please support them
    Looking forward to spending some time there

    #37 9 months ago
    Quoted from Adib:

    When is the opening

    Soft opening I believe is next weekend

    #38 9 months ago

    Looks like we are up to 2 Vector graphics machines, Asteroids Deluxe and Lunar Lander. Still have my fingers crossed for Battlezone, Gravitar, Star Castle, Armor Attack, Tempest, Major Havoc, Space Wars, Space Duel, Tac/Scan, Black Widow etc...
    Vector games rule!

    #39 9 months ago

    The arcade is pretty well ready to go we are just waiting for our final permits to be approved, unfortunately I am thinking we won’t be open till the start of November. But we are very close to launch. The machines on the website are final there will be two more additions next week for arcade and maybe one more pinball but for the most part we are very close to launch. Our intent is too change up the lineup a little throughout the year to keep it fresh but the lineup is awesome and is one of the biggest arcades in all of Canada.

    #40 9 months ago

    Been following this closely since the announcement in June. Really looking forward to stopping by with my kid.

    She’s almost as pumped up as I am!

    Great to finally see a family friendly option for location pinball in YEG.

    Wish you all the success with this.


    #41 9 months ago

    After almost 5 months of blood, sweat and tears. After all of the renovations, permitting, hauling and fixing of machines. The day has finally come to open one of the biggest arcade's in all of Canada, Arkadium Retro Arcade on Friday, November 1st, 2019.

    Unfortunately, we will be more than likely non-licensed and won't be able to sell food on opening due to causes out of our control. There is a huge backlog on food permitting licenses in the city and we just need to wait it out before getting our scheduled appointment. Very disappointing but we are all about the games anyway, and I am sure once you have a chance to visit the arcade it will be a truly awesome experience.

    We hope that the new arcade will be enjoyed by all ages, adds a ton to the community and lasts a long, long time. I hope that you come out to support the new venture and hope to see you all there!!!


    #42 9 months ago

    Yay, congrats on the grand opening.
    See you soon.

    #43 9 months ago
    Quoted from bcrage88:

    Arkadium Retro Arcade on Friday, November 1st, 2019.

    Looks like next weeks laundry night will have to be changed to Wednesday.

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    #44 9 months ago

    It's here

    #45 9 months ago

    After 5 long months we had our first two enthusiasts walk into the arcade and had our first birthday booking can’t believe we finally made it. Hope it brings much joy to the community!!! Come on out and support one of the biggest arcades in Canada!!!!!

    #46 9 months ago

    Congrats! Cant wait to stop thru!!

    #47 9 months ago

    Congratulations Guys

    Pictures from near to closing time, on Friday night. This is just part of the up stairs area.
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    #48 9 months ago

    That C.C. Astronaut is a tough EM to play. Not to many are remaining, and it was playing very nicely. Got to go back a many more time to play it again.

    #49 9 months ago

    One of my customers went there on Sunday morning (yesterday) with his Grand Kids, they all had blast. This morning he had to tell me about the place, I told him I had been there on Friday. He said they will go there again. They are from Fort Saskatchewan.

    #50 9 months ago

    Prohibition has officially ended at Arkadium Retro Arcade. We have a selection of light snacks and canned Domestic and specialty beer, coolers, ciders and highballs. Hope to see you out!!!!

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