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Mall arcades with pinball...Do any still exist?


By davewth

5 years ago



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    #1 5 years ago

    Just curious if any mall arcades with pins exist and where they might be? Why? I don't know.

    #2 5 years ago

    There aren't any around here.

    #3 5 years ago

    I too have wondered this. I just got back from Mall of America and was disappointed in their arcade. We have one arcade in Colorado- Aurora Mall and it is pathetic-No pins. It seems like all of the arcades are full of crane toys, shooting games and cheesy trinket games ): There is now an operator who has taken some small corner space in some malls with a few crane machines, etc but nothing like the good old days of Tilt inside malls. It seems like the price per Sq. has gotten to be ridiculous and the only machines that are making money are cranes, etc. I think the business model will be moving towards barcades for the alcohol revenue in order to survive. This is sad because it limits the number of younger players that get involved in pinball.

    #4 5 years ago

    yes.... well they did last summer..... now they have closed and sold most inventory... sad.

    the mall itself is barely still there.

    #5 5 years ago

    No more mall arcades in my vicinity. They all vacated the area malls 10-15 years ago, sadly.

    Malls in general are in decline on top of that.

    #6 5 years ago

    One of the malls here has an arcade in a retail spaced called "Fun-N-Games" with an ACDC Premium and Elvis.

    #7 5 years ago

    Pretty-soon there won't be any malls either.

    #8 5 years ago

    I realize I'm hunting for unicorns here.

    #9 5 years ago
    Quoted from davewtf:

    I realize I'm hunting for unicorns here.

    You'll have to settle for a rhino instead

    You probably own more pins yourself than most existing arcades even have these days.

    #10 5 years ago

    They do have a Monster Bash in a small arcade at Superstition Springs mall in Mesa, AZ. I've called the vender on a loose plastic once, got fixed quickly. I make special trips with kids just to introduce them to it. I think the vender is a saint for putting this one out there. It's been cleaned and maintained well for the last 2 1/2 years. Sadly it's never busy and I'm not sure it makes much money. It seems the Family Arcade business model is not a sustainable one as it is. I do wish the Kid Pizza joints would throw at least one machine in the mix. I'm so bored at those places Maybe I'll go play a couple of games at lunch and support my local pinball vender!

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/monster-bash-in-the-wild-at-a-mall-in-mesa-az

    #11 5 years ago
    Quoted from Gatecrasher:

    Pretty-soon there won't be any malls either.

    Its weird I just got back from Mall of America and it was booming. Tons of people spending money. They are actually expanding and building more retail and an attached Cabellas and JW Marriot. Over 500 stores and they are expanding-Wow. It took me two days to get though it. Then I was just in California at the Beverly Center and it was a ghost town-really weird nobody was there? We also have some malls that struggled in Colorado and have since been turned into outdoor strip malls. I personally enjoy being able to browse and I feel that the Amazon world would get old eventually. People want to touch, feel, smell to make a connection. The problem is the cost have skyrocketed for retail and the profitability has shrunk. I guess location and demographics have a lot to do with it-looking at the success of the Mall of America.

    #12 5 years ago
    Quoted from pinmister:

    I too have wondered this. I just got back from Mall of America and was disappointed in their arcade. We have one arcade in Colorado- Aurora Mall and it is pathetic-No pins. It seems like all of the arcades are full of crane toys, shooting games and cheesy trinket games ): There is now an operator who has taken some small corner space in some malls with a few crane machines, etc but nothing like the good old days of Tilt inside malls. It seems like the price per Sq. has gotten to be ridiculous and the only machines that are making money are cranes, etc. I think the business model will be moving towards barcades for the alcohol revenue in order to survive. This is sad because it limits the number of younger players that get involved in pinball.

    The Mall of America *USED* to be awesome. They actually had 4 arcades back in the day. It was a great place for competitive gaming for Street Fighter, MK, KI and Primal Rage...not to mention pinball too. I went there the first 5 days it was open and played games constantly. There were two arcades in Camp Snoopy (Now Nickelodeon Universe), one on the 4th floor attached the Original 6 Sports Bar and there was an arcade / laser tag place on the 3rd floor that had a rotating UFO in the ceiling. There even used to be a Starlog Comic Shop that had a Star Wars arcade game in it. The MOA is so disappointing for me now, pretty much everything cool closed a long time ago.

    #13 5 years ago

    Bumpernets in Birmingham, AL is doing quite well with over 20+ pinball machines along with many video games, pool table, and ping pong... The arcade is spread out over 3 rooms...

    #14 5 years ago

    We are fortunate that there are several at local malls in western Pennsylvania.....according to Pinballmap.com, here is the current line-up. I personally have visited 2 of the locations.....

    •Ace's Break Away & Play (Beaver Valley Mall)
    570 Beaver Valley Mall | Monaca
    High Roller Casino (Stern, 2001)

    •Ace's Break Away & Play (Century III Mall)
    3075 Clairton Road | West Mifflin
    Wheel of Fortune (Stern, 2007)

    •Ace's Break Away & Play (Downtown)
    417 Smithfield St | Pittsburgh
    Attack from Mars (Bally, 1995)
    Batman: The Dark Knight (Stern, 2008)
    Family Guy (Stern, 2006)
    Metallica (Stern, 2013)
    The Sopranos (Stern, 2005)
    Star Trek (Stern) (2013)
    The Wizard of Oz (Jersey Jack, 2013)
    X-Men (Pro) (Stern, 2012)

    •Ace's Break Away & Play (Monroeville Mall)
    200 Monroeville Mall | Monroeville
    Elvis (Stern, 2004)

    •Ace's Break Away & Play (Robinson Mall)
    2230 Robinson Centre Drive | Robinson
    AC/DC (Pro) (Stern, 2012)
    Indiana Jones (Stern, 2008)

    #15 5 years ago
    Quoted from Gatecrasher:

    Pretty-soon there won't be any malls either

    Move to South Dakota. The mall here in Sioux falls is the most visited place in the state. More than Mount Rushmore! A smaller mall has an arcade. Used to have 3 pins, then 4, now there are 6. Pretty sweet.

    Quoted from LesManley:

    The Mall of America *USED* to be awesome.

    As long as the mall has Pepper Palace it will always be awesome to me. Maybe you'll like it when it doubles in size.. .that is crazy.

    #16 5 years ago

    The Cranberry Mall in Cranberry, PA has a really small room with 3 pinball machines. A couple years ago they had Transformers, Big Buck Hunter and I think it was Elvis. They had a couple other arcade games too but it is nothing like the size of the arcade when we were teenagers. I was still surprised they had pinball machines at all!

    #17 5 years ago

    Mall here in NWI has had a Monopoly that's been so broken for so long it may as well not be there.

    #18 5 years ago

    There used to be one in San Diego around the Mission Valley mall. Don't know if it is still there, but had a LOTR at one point.

    #19 5 years ago

    The Palisades large mall here used to have two arcades. The smaller one near target had an AFM and a Harley pin. Larger one near D&B had about 5-6 pins, mostly sterns like T-3 and TSPP. The small arcade is now a seasonal party shop, the larger a Dentists Office. Sad~SpOoKy

    #20 5 years ago

    Gurnee Mills in Northern Illinois, has a large arcade... including modern ball bowlers... but not 1 pinball machine.

    #21 5 years ago

    The arcade in the Fond du Lac mall had a Wheel of Fortune last time I was there.

    #22 5 years ago
    Quoted from davewtf:

    Just curious if any mall arcades with pins exist and where they might be? Why? I don't know.

    Mall arcades were once a given in this country. Your curiosity is valid.

    Beside the ones mentioned above, Cinemark theaters (formerly Century theaters) has arcades at many of their locations. And most of their locations are at malls. You can go to their website and see if each one has an arcade. A quick look says the nearest one to you in Kenosha has an arcade. There's a bunch here in the bay area and virtually all of them have pins. Mostly Stern movie pins, but a few non-movie titles sprinkled in here and there.

    The guy who oversees maintenance on all their games is a member here. His handle is Gamefixer. Not sure how often he sticks his head in. I remember him posting on RGP when Spidey came out that Century bought something like 35 Spideys. Cinemark seems to be buying games at something close to that rate, judging from what I see around here. A mostly silent, but no doubt very valuable customer for Stern.

    http://www.cinemark.com/

    I read something recently that said demographics at malls is changing. Specifically, less kids are hanging out at malls. Texting and social media may have been mentioned as causes for the decline. For teenagers, it's a lot harder to find a pin now than it was when I was a kid. No self respecting mall in the 70's and 80's would be caught dead without an arcade mall. It just didn't happen. Pins are getting easier to find for adults now, thanks to places like barcades, but the teenagers got it tough.

    #24 5 years ago

    I don't know about the mall but my local Walmart has a arcade with a Batman Dark Knight and it works.

    #25 5 years ago

    Our local "mall" which is more 1 department store 1 grocery store 1 subway and 2-3 small little mom and pop stores with a Gamestop has an arcade. Believe it or not, I went in today and replacing the AC/DC Pro was an Emerald City Wizard of Oz.

    #26 5 years ago
    Quoted from t2:

    I don't know about the mall but my local Walmart has a arcade with a Batman Dark Knight and it works.

    I about lost my lunch yesterday when I heard the first Whole Foods market with pins will be opening soon:

    http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2014/07/while-foods-opens-in-colleyville-with-separate-bar-entrance.html/

    I'm all for more games on location. Just not at Whole Foods. That ain't right.

    #27 5 years ago

    West Edmonton Mall, has more than one arcade. I saw a Big Buck Hunter in there once. 1 pin, the rest were games.

    #29 5 years ago

    Bumpernets in Riverchase Galleria Mall in Birmingham AL has a good mix of new and vintage machines. At least 30 or so. Worth checking out if you are near. 100 mile trip for me but I go several times a year for pinball and good BBQ..........

    #30 5 years ago
    Quoted from phishrace:

    Mall arcades were once a given in this country. Your curiosity is valid.
    Beside the ones mentioned above, Cinemark theaters (formerly Century theaters) has arcades at many of their locations. And most of their locations are at malls. You can go to their website and see if each one has an arcade. A quick look says the nearest one to you in Kenosha has an arcade.

    Kenosha Cinemark has a Stern Star Trek that was put there at the end of last year fresh out of the box...

    #31 5 years ago

    Empire Mall in Sioux Falls has/had a WOZ in there.

    There's another smaller mall, I forget the name, which also has a couple pins. I know the lineup recently changed, don't know what's in there at the moment.

    -Hans

    #32 5 years ago

    Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines Iowa. The Arcade is at the Cinemark Theater. They keep the games very clean and working... THX MH. -(PRV--CK).

    They have Star Trek. Metallica and Xmen.. All delivered NIB .... Also Monday Pinball Fun Leagues in Fall and Spring.

    A shout out to Cinemark for sure. They get the pins NIB and rotate between location.

    #33 5 years ago

    Vancouver Mall aka westfield shopping center has no pins in TILT arcade but the Cinetopia in the mall routes 3-4 pins at a time.

    #34 5 years ago
    Quoted from davewtf:

    I realize I'm hunting for unicorns here.

    Uh oh. I'd better hide!


    Chris

    #35 5 years ago
    Quoted from captainadam_21:

    Move to South Dakota. The mall here in Sioux falls is the most visited place in the state. More than Mount Rushmore! A smaller mall has an arcade. Used to have 3 pins, then 4, now there are 6. Pretty sweet.

    A friend of mine used to own an arcade in Sioux Falls years ago but closed it. Can't remember the name though.

    #36 5 years ago

    Confetti Arcade in Berkshire Mall near Reading, PA has four: Cybernaut, HS2, BOP and F-14. The BOP and HS2 were there when I stopped by a year ago along with an Austin Powers. The HS2 had a cracked flipper so I didn't even bother. The BOP played ok but was dirty. I didn't try Austin Powers because it's...Austin Powers. I might stop by again this summer to see if they've improved.

    #37 5 years ago
    Quoted from pinkid:

    Bumpernets in Riverchase Galleria Mall in Birmingham AL has a good mix of new and vintage machines. At least 30 or so. Worth checking out if you are near. 100 mile trip for me but I go several times a year for pinball and good BBQ..........

    BumperNets is where we play league. Magic City Pinball League. There current line-up is:
    Mustang Pro(2)
    Metallica Pro(2)
    Star Trek Pro
    AC/DC Pro
    AC/DC Premium
    Transformers Pro
    The Rolling Stones
    RBION
    The Avengers Pro(2)
    Tron Pro
    Genie
    Paragon
    Gorgar
    Road Kings
    Aztec
    SBM
    PZ
    Trident
    EB
    Jet Spin
    BK(currently not working)
    Elektra
    Family Guy
    Shrek
    No Fear
    WPT
    Avatar Pro(2)

    #38 5 years ago

    ^^^ I'm just jealous!

    #39 5 years ago

    I wonder why barcades haven't popped up in malls, there are many different restaurants in malls around here that serve alcohol, so that wouldn't be an issue.

    Dad has a beer and plays around while mom shops.

    #40 5 years ago
    Quoted from HHaase:

    There's another smaller mall, I forget the name, which also has a couple pins. I know the lineup recently changed, don't know what's in there at the moment

    I already said that Hans. It is called the electric rainbow and it on the pinside map.

    Quoted from HHaase:

    Empire Mall in Sioux Falls has/had a WOZ in there

    I would not go out of my way to check it out. The owner of that arcade is into redemption games and huge arcades games. He knows nothing about pinball machines. The machine is often not working and probably still with the code it was shipped with a year ago. But I haven't been there in a while so correct me if I am wrong Hans.

    #41 5 years ago

    This is a subject I've been deeply involved in since I decided to finish my GamesHound database.
    I have more than 12,500 worldwide locations registered from 15 different games locator databases.
    Thanks to Google Places, I have confirmed that more than 100 USA malls that are listed have NO entertainment venues at all as we know them! In which case it doesn't even show up.
    But there are a number of malls that still have good places in them! I would love to check out that new bowling alley/arcade up on the high floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota! A number of TILT arcades are still in operation in malls! (Mostly in California, though!)
    Steve

    #42 5 years ago
    Quoted from Luckydogg420:

    I wonder why barcades haven't popped up in malls, there are many different restaurants in malls around here that serve alcohol, so that wouldn't be an issue.
    Dad has a beer and plays around while mom shops.

    bars like to be open late and mails close way to soon.

    #43 5 years ago

    That's true! A barcade at a mall would have to have a VERY wealthy patron.
    Most of the arcades out here are actually barcades. Seems the liquor helps pay the bills.
    Most malls close at 2100 (relative time), and that's just when things are getting started on the weekends. Except in towns where the streets get rolled up before sunset.
    Steve

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    #44 5 years ago

    And to put my money where my mouth is......I was at the Monroeville, PA Mall today (rainy Saturday here in the Pittsburgh area) and after checking out the newest "Planet of the Apes" movie...I played several games on the Cinemark theater "Star Trek"...then went downstairs to the arcade and threw a couple bucks in the "Elvis" game....5 balls for .50 cents!!
    I figure I need to do my part to help these routed games make some money!

    #45 5 years ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    West Edmonton Mall, has more than one arcade. I saw a Big Buck Hunter in there once. 1 pin, the rest were games.

    There are a lot of Bally and WMS machines in the West Edmonton Mall. Problem is, they are in the casino. They are all slot machines.

    #46 5 years ago

    Well the malls died around here years ago....but my son plays ice hockey and the ice rinks are still kickin.........Joey

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    #47 5 years ago

    wow that place is loaded with games

    #48 5 years ago
    Quoted from brmorr:

    Kenosha Cinemark has a Stern Star Trek that was put there at the end of last year fresh out of the box...

    There is one out here that has a Star Trek as well. Go Cinemark.

    #49 5 years ago

    Australia (I used to live there) is still kicking with the mall arcades--there's a whole chain of them under the 'Timezone' brand. Some of them are street retail (another thing the US doesn't have), but many are in malls of various sizes. They generally have a pin or two, but a few have a larger lineup depending on the franchisee: Timezone Gold Coast has about 8 pins, including all the most recent Sterns. Heck, they often have doubles of the newest game.

    #50 5 years ago

    Arcade Classics in that pic above. A 60 in 1 taking quarters. Someone call 911!

    There is a mall in Columbus Ohio, Easton. The arcade there has 4 pins or so. Last time i was there they where all played literally to death. TSPP, High Roller Casino, Nascar, and South Park. None worth playing. That south park probably has well over 100k plays on it. It has been on location since it came out.

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