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Fat Bernie's Pinball Palace

By BR80

1 year ago


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    #1 1 year ago

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    Last week, I drove past Fat Bernie's on my way to work in the morning. Good to see a new place popping up during Covid. It wasn't the most modern of places, but it was nearby the office and worth checking out. I took this picture at 6am that morning and the doors were wide open with 3 guys working on machines inside.

    I couldn't stop in then, but it wasn't until Friday after work a few days later. I pulled up and the place was gone. Not closed, but gone...gone. No signs, No machines, clean windows & new dry wall. It took a minute to realize it was probably some kind of film location. Looking at the picture again, it should've been more obvious that morning. But it was early and I was surprised to see a new pinball place. There are a few clues in the picture Fat Bernie's wasn't a real business, but the equipment cases in front of Grant's photography should have been the biggest giveaway.

    They must of had a good budget, considering how fast it popped up and then disappeared just as quick. Also seems they were going for a throw-back 70s or 80s vibe. Please chime-in back here if you see this place appear somewhere down the road, I always miss those things.

    #2 1 year ago

    Interesting...I wonder what it's going to be used in. The first thing I thought of was Stranger Things, but it looks like that's filmed in Georgia. This might even be for something new that nobody's heard of yet.

    The "now legal" label on the window is interesting--that's something you probably would have only seen in the 70s-80s.

    #3 1 year ago
    Quoted from BR80:

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    Last week, I drove past Fat Bernie's on my way to work in the morning. It was good to see a new place popping up especially during Covid. It wasn't the most glamorous of places, but it was nearby the office and thought it was worth checking out. I took this picture at 6am that morning and the doors were wide open with 3 guys working on machines inside.
    I didn't stop by then, it wasn't until Friday after work a few days later. I pulled up and the place was gone. Not closed, but gone...gone. No signs, No machines, clean windows & new dry wall. It took about a minute to realize it was probably some kind of film shoot location. After getting home and looking at the picture again, it should've been more obvious that morning. But it was early and I was just surprised to see a new pinball place. There's about 5 to 6 clues in the picture Fat Bernie's wasn't an actual business, but the black equipment cases in front of the 'not so real' Grant's photography should have been the biggest giveaway.
    They must of had a fairly good budget, considering how fast it popped up and then disappeared again just as quick. Also seems they were going for a early throw-back 70s or 80s vibe. Please chime-in back here if you see this place appear some where down the road, I always miss those things.

    And they had a Mars Trek! That’s pretty great. So they rolled out some real machines for this. Perhaps look a local guys with a Mars Trek and any other identifiable games. I know some people on here have rented/used their collections in TV shows and movies.

    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    And they had a Mars Trek! That’s pretty great. So they rolled out some real machines for this. Perhaps look a local guys with a Mars Trek and any other identifiable games. I know some people on here have rented/used their collections in TV shows and movies.

    Good eye with the Mars Trek, here's a better picture with the brightness turned up.
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    ...And now empty, complete with security guard.
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    #5 1 year ago

    The Mandela Effect.

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    #6 7 months ago

    SOLVED!

    This was a filming location for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming ‘Licorice Pizza’.

    #7 7 months ago

    Haha “can I touch them”

    I didn’t see that pinball location in the preview though

    #8 7 months ago
    Quoted from heylesterco:

    SOLVED!
    This was a filming location for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming ‘Licorice Pizza’.

    Where’s Fat Bernie’s??? Disappointed it’s not in the trailer!

    #9 7 months ago

    Very cool, I forgot about this thread. Nice to see it's a high-quality film and not an indie/student project. That director made one of my all-time favorites 'There Will be Blood'. Thanks for posting, I would have missed this one.

    #10 7 months ago
    Quoted from Bud:

    I didn’t see that pinball location in the preview though

    A Filming location inside a filming location? It's mentioned on the clapper board.

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    #11 7 months ago
    Quoted from heylesterco:

    SOLVED!
    This was a filming location for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming ‘Licorice Pizza’.

    Good job, but why make us watch the trailer without the arcade!!!???

    #12 7 months ago
    Quoted from Tranquilize:

    Good job, but why make us watch the trailer without the arcade!!!???

    I only found this community searching for more information on Fat Bernie’s, and thought I’d leave a quick note since people seemed to be wondering what film or tv show the location was used for. I paid a $5 donation just for the privilege of bringing this old thread back to life, haha!

    #13 7 months ago
    Quoted from heylesterco:

    I only found this community searching for more information on Fat Bernie’s, and thought I’d leave a quick note since people seemed to be wondering what film or tv show the location was used for. I paid a $5 donation just for the privilege of bringing this old thread back to life, haha!

    Nice!

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    #14 6 months ago

    It's come full circle. Fat Bernie's WILL be a (temporary/pop up) real-life location where you can play pinball, in promotion of the film. Pretty cool, the soundtrack cover art is also in the style of an EM backglass.

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    #15 6 months ago

    That's better than 1/2 the backglass art coming out these days!

    That's awesome!

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    #16 6 months ago

    We had a blast building the custom machines for the Licorice Pizza Pop up fatberniespinballparlor

    Go check it out if you are in the Los Angeles area and the movie comes out Christmas Day

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    #17 6 months ago
    Quoted from surfsidedetail:

    We had a blast building the custom machines for the Licorice Pizza Pop up fatberniespinballparlor
    Go check it out if you are in the Los Angeles area and the movie comes out Christmas Day
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    I see they took 4 Gottlieb King Pin’s and rethemed them into their movie. That’s alright I guess since they made a ton. Kinda weird they did so many. A bit overkill.

    Can’t tell what the other 2 are. The black one and the square head one, so frustrating when you just can’t think of the name!

    #19 5 months ago

    I caught up with this thread just before the Licorice Pizza movie hype machine started cranking. Now I'm hearing about it all over the place. And finally, a movie involving pinball in a good way (I hope) that's also getting Oscar buzz.
    .................David Marston

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