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Porter's Pinball Parlor in Cincinnati??


5 years ago

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    #1 5 years ago

    Brand new location opening later this week. Looking in the window you can see a Williams IJ, Terminator 2, Space Shuttle and perhaps a Playboy? They have others (it appears to be 9 total) but not sure what titles.

    Did I miss an announcement? Does anyone local have more details?


    #2 5 years ago

    I live in Cincinnati and have not heard of this... the building from just the look of it may be located on Chase Ave. or Hamilton Ave in Northside. Did you get a location, I got nothing from a google.

    #3 5 years ago

    Got it, it's opening on main street, no street address but I'll find it.

    #4 5 years ago

    I have details for you.

    Opened for Business, November 1st -
    Porter's Pinball Parlor, LLC
    1334 North Main St.
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Wed. thru Sat.
    11:00 am to 9:00pm
    (513) 381-2136

    The guy who owns the place volunteers where I work. He can only use one arm, so all the machines are operable one-handed. I really don't have any other details. I don't think he really got the word out much but it's open now.

    #5 5 years ago

    Has anyone been? This is really exciting. In the past few years the number of places to play pinball has really increased. Not just Gameworks in Newport with the same tables for the past six years (and in worse shape as time goes by).

    #6 5 years ago

    This will be open this Wednesday (just checking)...down in Cincinnati for work this week... Need cash or is there an entrance fee for free play (can i pay with card or do i need to stop at ATM)

    #7 5 years ago

    I'm going to check this out tonight... I take a few photos and provide some feedback...Dan

    #8 5 years ago

    Heading that way just to play pin next Thursday, there is no where closer than an hour away from me to play, so why not take the extra two hours to play in Cincy? Would greatly appreciate any info on this place, sounds like I might waste some time there. Dont wanna hi-jack the topic, but are there any other specific spots in Cincinatti I should check to go play pin at?

    #9 5 years ago

    Check the PinMap. If you're on Main St. already MOTR is nearby — nice bar with 4 tables in the basement (including Metallica Premium).

    Not a whole lot of places to play in Cincinnati but that seems to be improving.

    #10 5 years ago

    No idea... In from Chicago for work and saw this post...

    #11 5 years ago
    Quoted from CapsLock42:

    are there any other specific spots in Cincinatti I should check to go play pin at?

    There is a place on the north side of Cincy called The Cone. It's an ice cream place that has 4-5 pins on location. The pins are always in good condition. And the ice cream is good also. But I think its only open in the summer. I live in KY a little south of Cincy so I don't get there much but I stop in every time I pass by.

    #12 5 years ago

    Stopped by today.. 9 pins...IJ, T2, JURRASIC PARK, GETAWAY, SPACE SHUTTLE, F14, DIRTY HARRY, PLAYBOY(OLD), PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.. 50 Cents per play except IJ which is 75 cents and playhouse 25 cents. Pins in ok condition. Overhead lights were really glaring on a few games. Porter seemed like a great guy. Had a stroke awhile back so if you call about questions just be aware... danIMG-20131106-01929.jpg

    #14 5 years ago

    Sweet! I'm going to be in Cinci this weekend; hopefully I'll get a chance to drop by there!

    #15 5 years ago

    I stopped in yesterday and played for about 2 hours. Porter is a nice guy but can be difficult to understand when he talks due to his stroke. A few of the games had issues. Phantom of the Opera wouldn't recognize when a ball went into the organ hole most of the time and you would have to wait for a ball search. Lost World had the same issue when it would capture a ball with the vehicle toy. F14 had a very weak upper left flipper and pop bumper was not working. Some of the other games had some minor issues but nothing very noticeable. Overall I had a good time and would go back. All the games were set on 50 cents and 5 balls except IJ which was 75 cents. They also seemed to be set up pretty easy to win extra balls or more credits. So you can play for a long time for very little money. I would leave a lot of credits on games just so I could have time to play them all and to help him out by putting more quarters in. I had 10 dollars in quarters and didn't go through them all in the 2 hours that I was there leaving a lot of credits on most of the games. Porter told me he hoped to get about 10 more games for there. If you get the chance I would recommend you stop in.

    #16 5 years ago

    I agree the replay was setvery low and I only spent like 12 bucks.. I stayed to close and was pumping quarters to let porter play with me at end since I was only one in there.... leglevelers needed some leveling and be jacked up on some games... I had never played IJ before and spent most ofmy time on it. Had fun though! I would go back.. glad there is something else besides thecasino to pump my money into when I go to Cincinnati now for work!

    1 year later
    #17 4 years ago

    Have any Pinsider's been to Porter's recently?

    I was gonna be in the Cincinnati area for the next couple of days and I was thinking about stopping by on Saturday.

    1 week later
    #18 4 years ago

    Bump. I'm heading that way next weekend. Any info is appreciated.

    #19 4 years ago

    Due to some weather issues I had to return home a day early and couldn't visit Porter's. I wish I could give you some feedback, but I didn't get any info from other Pinsiders, and I have nothing myself.

    #20 4 years ago

    Here is an article for Cincinnati Magazine that might give you a bit more info...


    I can't give you any first hand experience, I have never been there. Some in our group have been there and said it is nice, and the pins play ok. I would love to be able to go and support the local location pinball as it is hard to find...but my husband would be thrown out after the first game (not that he is massively rough on pins, but there is nudging and even tilting in order to save a ball occasionally) ...From what I have heard he is a nice guy. Porter's view on nudging or tilting a pin is a "wee" bit different than ours, so it wouldn't be any benefit for either Porter's or us to go there, cause we wouldn't be there long! There was talk of someone wanting to start a weekly league (which would be GREAT!) there, but I just don't know how that would work if you can't nudge the machines at all?
    There is also other info in the article about a few other location in the Cincinnati area that have pins, and also some that are coming...


    #21 4 years ago

    Thanks for the heads up Phoebe. If there is a no nudge or tilt rule, I best stay away. How would you even know where the tilt bobs were set without a little nudging to find out? I'd get thrown out, LOL.

    2 months later
    #22 4 years ago

    I was thrown out after three tilts. He's kind of rude as well if you don't understand his pinball philosophy.

    I think people tend to cut him some slack but if he wants to run it as a business he needs to develop decent people skills. He'll be getting all kinds of customers who aren't experts or versed in pinball rules.

    5 months later
    #23 3 years ago

    I didn't write this but thought I'd share:

    "Porter's Pinball Parlor on Main Street in OTR is closing at the end of the year. Brian, the owner, is looking to sell the machines to interested buyers.

    He has the following machines: Indiana Jones, Demolition Man, T2, Lost World, Last Action Hero, the Shadow, Space shuttle, High Speed, Playboy, and Phantom of the Opera. He also has furniture for sale. On the high end of the price spectrum is Indianan Jones, on the low end is Bally Playboy.

    All machines have had periodic maintenance and are playable. If you are interested in looking at any of the machines, he is open on Friday and Saturdays. Additionally, you can contact him at (513) 381-2136 or email him at Brian.K.Porter@icloud.com"

    #24 3 years ago

    Just a heads up, his prices on those games are very high IMHO.

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