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Tell Us About Your Favorite Arcade(s) Growing Up

By Craiger

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    #1 2 years ago

    The other day I drove past the the place that used to be my favorite arcade growing up in the early 80's, the Galleon of Games on Route 40 in Ellicott City, MD. The Galleon closed long ago and is now an awesome BBQ joint, but it sent me down the internet rabbit hole looking for any info on my old haunt. There's no information online on it, or on the other two arcades that were nearby. The "Dark Times" thread touches on this, but I thought it might be neat to hear specifically what our favorite arcades were like (and even see some pics, if they exist.)

    As I said above, I was lucky in that I had three arcades nearby (Two were close enough to ride my bike, which was straight out of Stranger Things.).

    There was the aforementioned Galleon of Games. (Wish I could find a photo as I'd love to make a t-shirt of that giant pirate ship that was on the sign!) It was roughly a 30x40 store front on the left end of a three or four store strip mall. As you entered, there was a single row of pins lined up along the wall to your left and video games lining the front and back walls. The right wall was the attendant counter. There were also video games against the central pillars. I remember playing Blackout, Alien Poker, Black Knight. James Bond, and Quicksilver but there were definitely others. It was the first place I ever played Battlezone and Scramble. I seem to remember playing Seawitch facing in the other direction, so there may have been two rows of pins at some point.

    The other bikable arcade was in the Chatham Mall. I think it was called Funtime. It was located one store deep inside one of the Mall's two entrances. All of the left wall and half of the back wall had pins, and the rest of the walls had video games lining them. They had Firepower, Stellar Wars, Playboy, Rolling Stones, and Joker Poker (one of the only Gottliebs my young self really enjoyed). They seemed to have the better run of vids as I remember Robotron, Defender, Zaxxon, Satan's Hollow and Tron among the collection. It was the only place I ever saw Digger, which was one inexplicably one of my favs.

    The third Arcade required a trip to the Columbia Mall. It was at the end of a hallway on the second floor. I can't remember the original name, but it eventually turned into a Champions. They had quite a few pins ringing the back and right wall and vids on the left and front. My first time playing Eightball Deluxe was there, along with Timewarp, Future Spa, Space Invader, Totem, Hulk, Spiderman and others. Interestingly, the pins here all had their legs removed and rested on a built in "bench" that ran the length of the walls. I was too green a player then to object, but it must have been tough to put any english on those beauties.

    So those are my formative arcades. I wish I had some photos, but alas those places are lost, like tears in the rain. It was over four decades ago, but I remember all three of them regularly rotating in new games. Whether it was through cooperation, marketplace competition or maybe even common ownership, there never seemed to be duplicate games between the three arcades. What a time be alive! lol.

    I'd love to hear about some of pinside' other arcade memories...

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    #2 2 years ago

    Rifle Sport Arcade at 812 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN. My Father bought it about 1962. Lost his lease in 1970 and moved it upstairs to 602 Hennepin Ave. I painted the .22 gun range. Fixed games. etc. etc.

    SS Billiards 732 11th Ave So Hopkins, MN. My Mother bought it with my help September 20th 1972. 50th Anniversary.

    These would be my favorites.

    LTG : )

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    #3 2 years ago

    Playland Arcade and Pismo Arcade in Pismo Beach, California.

    During the middle/late 60's to around 1980, these two arcades were less than a block from the beach separated by a skating rink that had even more pins. Each arcade had around 50 pins. Pismo Bowl a block up the street had several more. The slot car racetrack next door to Playland had even more. We're talking well over 100 pins within a block. If I wasn't in school, chances are I was there. Made me the pinball addict that I continue to be today.

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    #4 2 years ago

    Duplicate

    #5 2 years ago
    Quoted from Captainhook:

    Celebrity sports center In Denver, was open from 1960 to 1994, they had it all swimming, arcade, bowling, slot cars.

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    #6 2 years ago
    Quoted from Craiger:

    The other day I drove past the the place that used to be my favorite arcade growing up in the early 80's, the Galleon of Games on Route 40 in Ellicott City, MD. The Galleon closed long ago and is now an awesome BBQ joint, but it sent me down the internet rabbit hole looking for any info on my old haunt. There's no information online on it, or on the other two arcades that were nearby. The "Dark Times" thread touches on this, but I thought it might be neat to hear specifically what our favorite arcades were like (and even see some pics, if they exist.)
    As I said above, I was lucky in that I had three arcades nearby (Two were close enough to ride my bike, which was straight out of Stranger Things.).
    There was the aforementioned Galleon of Games. (Wish I could find a photo as I'd love to make a t-shirt of that giant pirate ship that was on the sign!) It was roughly a 30x40 store front on the left end of a three or four store strip mall. As you entered, there was a single row of pins lined up along the wall to your left and video games lining the front and back walls. The right wall was the attendant counter. There were also video games against the central pillars. I remember playing Blackout, Alien Poker, Black Knight. James Bond, and Quicksilver but there were definitely others. It was the first place I ever played Battlezone and Scramble. I seem to remember playing Seawitch facing in the other direction, so there may have been two rows of pins at some point.
    The other bikable arcade was in the Chatham Mall. I think it was called Funtime. It was located one store deep inside one of the Mall's two entrances. All of the left wall and half of the back wall had pins, and the rest of the walls had video games lining them. They had Firepower, Stellar Wars, Playboy, Rolling Stones, and Joker Poker (one of the only Gottliebs my young self really enjoyed). They seemed to have the better run of vids as I remember Robotron, Defender, Zaxxon, Satan's Hollow and Tron among the collection. It was the only place I ever saw Digger, which was one inexplicably one of my favs.
    The third Arcade required a trip to the Columbia Mall. It was at the end of a hallway on the second floor. I can't remember the original name, but it eventually turned into a Champions. They had quite a few pins ringing the back and right wall and vids on the left and front. My first time playing Eightball Deluxe was there, along with Timewarp, Future Spa, Space Invader, Totem, Hulk, Spiderman and others. Interestingly, the pins here all had their legs removed and rested on a built in "bench" that ran the length of the walls. I was too green a player then to object, but it must have been tough to put any english on those beauties.
    So those are my formative arcades. I wish I had some photos, but alas those places are lost, like tears in the rain. It was over four decades ago, but I remember all three of them regularly rotating in new games. Whether it was through cooperation, marketplace competition or maybe even common ownership, there never seemed to be duplicate games between the three arcades. What a time be alive! lol.
    I'd love to hear about some of pinside' other arcade memories...

    Great story Craiger. I live outside the Columbia, MD area now and frequent Ellicott City and Route 40 weekly. I grew up south of you in Silver Spring, MD, but frequented Columbia Mall. For some reason I am drawing a blank on the arcade there. The main arcades I visited in the late 70's early 80's was the Time Out arcade in Laurel Mall in Laurel, MD. I remember they had some pinball machines and at one point I remember High Speed being in there with a bunch of "older" guys playing it. I guess they could have been in college, not sure. I remember the red flashing light and police siren sounds. I never could play it because of the crowd of people around it. So I mostly played the arcade games in there. I don't remember what I liked the most though and the place was easily 75% arcade machines vs. pinball machines.

    I also remember playing pinball machines at the Laurel, MD Wheel a While Roller Skating Rink. I definitely remember playing Black Hole and Flash Gordon in there. I remember I would choose pinball over the arcade games because I felt I could get longer game times on the pinball.

    Lastly, I remember arcade machines in the White Oak Duckpin Bowling Center in White Oak, MD. This bowling alley was underground in the shopping center and it was fantastic fun going down to bowl and play video games. I distinctly remember playing a lot of Tempest, Phoenix, and QBert. Fun times.

    #7 2 years ago
    Quoted from PismoArcade:

    Playland Arcade and Pismo Arcade in Pismo Beach, California.
    During the middle/late 60's to around 1980, these two arcades were less than a block from the beach separated by a skating rink that had even more pins. Each arcade had around 50 pins. Pismo Bowl a block up the street had several more. The slot car racetrack next door to Playland had even more. We're talking well over 100 pins within a block. If I wasn't in school, chances are I was there. Made me the pinball addict that I continue to be today.
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    PismoArcade picture at the bottom of the pinball machines is a Gottlieb Top Hand 1973 Top Hand. The others are to blocked for me to make out.

    #8 2 years ago

    I grew up on a farm outside a small town and didn’t have a good arcade anywhere near me. Then in the early 90’s I was bussed 20km to the next town over for high school. Across the street was the local diner/coffee shop called Smoky’s, and next to it was a small arcade. The room couldn’t have been more then 30 feet long with a row of games on each side. The back left side always had 2 or3 pinball machines rotating through the spots. That’s when I learned on Fish Tales and Whitewater that pinball had rules, and it was more then just keeping the ball alive. There couldn’t have been more then 15 or 20 games in there but I can’t remember them all for the life of me. Arkanoid 2, rolling thunder, SF2, MK, nba jam, bubble bobble….. I’d love to see a picture of the inside of that tiny arcade, I spent countless hours watching those attract screens.

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    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from Luckydogg420:

    I grew up on a farm outside a small town and didn’t have a good arcade anywhere near me. Then in the early 90’s I was bussed 20km to the next town over for high school. Across the street was the local diner/coffee shop called Smoky’s, and next to it was a small arcade. The room couldn’t have been more then 30 feet long with a row of games on each side. The back left side always had 2 or3 pinball machines rotating through the spots. That’s when I learned on Fish Tales and Whitewater that pinball had rules, and it was more then just keeping the ball alive. There couldn’t have been more then 15 or 20 games in there but I can’t remember them all for the life of me. Arkanoid 2, rolling thunder, SF2, MK, nba jam, bubble bobble….. I’d love to see a picture of the inside of that tiny arcade, I spent countless hours watching those attract screens.
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    Rolling thunder and whitewater. I’dve never gone back to class! Lol.

    #10 2 years ago

    Castle Park, almost directly across the street from Aloha stadium in Hawaii. It was a water park with all the coin op stuff in the castle, both upstairs and downstairs.

    #11 2 years ago

    TTO (Texas Time Out)... In a little strip mall in Plano, Texas. Basically Dallas. Back then was waaaay more into the arcades... Joust, Tron, DK, Stargate... Between games, I'd whip up to the 2nd level Walgreens and grab a pack of Marlboro Reds.... for .99 cents.... those were the days.

    #12 2 years ago

    Early 1970's. Appleduck Pinball Arcade. Champaign, IL. Long gone.

    #13 2 years ago

    Oh - I do remember this place. Tho I grew up just north of Celebrity Sports Center, it seemed like a world away - and going there was a huge treat. It had just about everything - bowling alley, games, food, swimming pool. A very good memory.

    #14 2 years ago

    I could talk all day on this subject, but cedar pointe in the 80s had the best arcade I had ever seen.

    Every game and video seemed there including Hercules. So this era is my favorite and the midway arcade there was a Great place to spend couple hours.

    #15 2 years ago

    I’m still growing up. Banning pinball Rest In Peace.

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    #16 2 years ago

    I did a double take on the swimming AND bowling combo at Celebrity! That must have been a blast.

    #17 2 years ago

    Aladdin’s Castle at the mall in Fort Dodge Iowa. That was the place that had dozens of games. That was late 70s/early 80s when every place people congregated had a game or two.

    Imperial Cafe in Bode was my hometown haunt. A dime would get three balls on the pin but if you timed it right a second dime would get you six more. If you timed it wrong you got nothing more.

    #18 2 years ago

    Space Invaders arcade in Brookpark Ohio. In its prime, it was around 50% pinball and 50% video games when I was in my late teens/twenties. It is where my friends and I relished the early Williams classics: Pinbot, Taxi, and F-14 Tomcat. I always remembered that it was super dark except for the games, and when they were closing and turned on the lights, it was just a white haze of tobacco and pot smoke.

    #19 2 years ago

    The place used to be a laundromat that was run down in a strip mall in Plainfield Indiana and I was happy when I saw that they had changed it into the "The Game Room". This was the place I remember the most. A pinball arcade along with the one of the first arcade games that I ever saw. They also had two pool tables, Air Hockey and a Foosball table.

    (If you saw the movie Soylent Green 1973 you could have seen the arcade game I was talking about as it is in the movie) By the way the year in the movie is 2022!


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    It was open and operating between 1973-1975. They had all I said above along with two rows of pinball machines I would saw about 15. They had the 1969 auto race machine which someone had for sale last week. No pictures of the place but it was small and crammed with all the games I said. Some of the pinballs I remember there were:

    #4-square (My first 2" flipper I played as the rest were 3" flippers)
    King Pin
    Olympic Hockey
    Big Ben
    Fireball
    Satin Doll
    a few of the card pins but can't remember the names

    The best thing was I lived two blocks away from the place. I could watch even when I didn't have any money, but you had to be careful as some people didn't like this and remember I was only 11 and they were teenagers and adults.

    #20 2 years ago

    Boardwalk Pinball, Andover NJ, lots of great memories there in the late 70’s

    #21 2 years ago

    Mine was a suburban Colorado bowling alley in the late 70s and early 80. They had a side room with about 6 Williams & Bally pins (which were always good for popping a free game), but it was the dawn of the arcade cabinet (and that was the greater draw). A seriously fun hangout for a bunch of teenagers - black lights, loud music, food, and games. The bowling alley still stands and even has a few newer pins, although it's mostly overwhelmed by arcade games that cater to young kids.

    #22 2 years ago

    Before the arcade post above about a year or so I think 1972. I started playing at a department store called Danners 5 & 10. (they closed in 1985) The first pin I ever played was Orbit . A four player Gottlieb made in 1971. I loved that game and that target where the harder you hit it the more points you got when the lever would go up. The max was 5,000 and I started to get that amount a lot and started to win games from this pin.

    A thought here can you remember as a kid (I was 10) the first time you won a game by points?
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    #23 2 years ago

    Mata Hari was my first free game by score. At a birthday party at an ice cream place, but damn if I can remember the name! And I loved a good department store pin: Cooks in Ellicott City had a Williams Phoenix and asteroids. (Phoenix would go on to be one of the first machines I ever bought!)

    #24 2 years ago
    Quoted from Craiger:

    Mata Hari was my first free game by score. At a birthday party at an ice cream place, but damn if I can remember the name! And I loved a good department store pin: Cooks in Ellicott City had a Williams Phoenix and asteroids. (Phoenix would go on to be one of the first machines I ever bought!)

    Phoenix was amazing. I loved that game. Same with Defender. I found one at CalExtreme I really considered buying years ago, but it was exactly what you'd expect coming from an arcade - cigarette burns and absolutely beat on. Such a shame for such a great console. So I bought a pinball machine instead.

    #25 2 years ago

    Lord Calvert Bowl. That's where I played most arcade games growing up. My parents had to drag me along on bowling nights. Then Tilt in Annapolis or Waldorf (at that point it was the Street Fighter II era).

    Quoted from Craiger:

    The other day I drove past the the place that used to be my favorite arcade growing up in the early 80's, the Galleon of Games on Route 40 in Ellicott City, MD. The Galleon closed long ago and is now an awesome BBQ joint, but it sent me down the internet rabbit hole looking for any info on my old haunt.

    What's the BBQ joint?

    #26 2 years ago

    Ha! I’m typing this about 5 miles from Lord Calvert! (I wonder if there’s games in there every time I drive by.) The Galleon was in the place where the Canopy is now. Right next to the McDonalds. Used to duck over from playing and grab a burger and fries. Man I hope I didn’t grease up those buttons!!

    #27 2 years ago
    Quoted from Craiger:

    Ha! I’m typing this about 5 miles from Lord Calvert! (I wonder if there’s games in there every time I drive by.) The Galleon was in the place where the Canopy is now. Right next to the McDonalds. Used to duck over from playing and grab a burger and fries. Man I hope I didn’t grease up those buttons!!

    Canopy’s great. (I was secretly hoping there was a hidden gem I didn’t know about).

    I haven’t been in that bowling alley in a long time. Last time I checked they had one pin and I have no clue what it was.

    Back in the late 80s/early 90s they had a steady rotation of 4 or 5 pins and 3 or 4 arcade machines. I played a lot of Pinbot, Space Shuttle, Bad Girls, and Data East Star Trek. But I had no clue what I was doing.

    #28 2 years ago

    Man, some of you guys are lucky... I had the typical mall arcades and they were all too far to ride a bike to.

    It was either the mall or a few bowling alleys where I grew up.

    I remember being on vaca in Maine as a kid and going someplace that was huge but I cant remember what it was. I couldn't believe how big it was, they had a huge row of just pacman which was pretty new at the time.

    #29 2 years ago

    Gold Mine. Mall arcade, mostly video games with 3-4 pins if I remember. Dated the manager, and was hired to paint the character on the entrance wall.

    #30 2 years ago

    Well you gotta post a pic of that! (The painting, I mean.)

    #31 2 years ago
    Quoted from Craiger:

    Well you gotta post a pic of that! (The painting, I mean.)

    I wish I had. That place closed 30 years ago. The whole mall eventually closed, became run down. You know, the usual story of malls.

    #32 2 years ago

    Yeah, the Dead Mall series of videos on YouTube is a fascinating watch, especially if your home mall from the 80’s and 90’s is on o the ones covered.

    #33 2 years ago

    I also used to go in the 80's and 90's to a mall arcade called Fun N Games. I was there playing a pinball not sure of the name but not an EM was around when High Speed came out. But put my token in as they were using those there and started playing this pin. Got warmed up on it and started wining free games. You have to love that sound when a free game pops onto your pin. I won about 6-7 and finally played them all. The funny thing was the next day or two I came back in and they had disabled the free game on the pin.

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    #34 2 years ago

    One of my old favorites was in the town next to where I lived.

    It mixes in my memory with dreams I’ve had over the years.

    I was not even sure the place was real until about a decade ago, it got confirmed.

    Still it’s like a dream. Multiple rooms. A couple odd ramps.

    #35 2 years ago
    Quoted from Azmodeus:

    One of my old favorites was in the town next to where I lived.
    It mixes in my memory with dreams I’ve had over the years.
    I was not even sure the place was real until about a decade ago, it got confirmed.
    Still it’s like a dream. Multiple rooms. A couple odd ramps.

    The arcade at the La Mirada Mall?

    #36 2 years ago
    Quoted from bluespin:

    The arcade at the La Mirada Mall?

    It was northville Michigan.

    #37 2 years ago

    This was my arcade growing up in Lavallette, NJ. Playland was finally tore down in the 80’s to make way for condos. I interview the owner in my podcast: The Classic Pinball Podcast episode 36. There are multiple other arcades that I have reviewed with my cohost in other podcasts. They can be heard here:

    http://pinballdoctor.com/the-classic-pinball-podcast/
    https://podbay.fm/podcast/1469743456
    Accessible to stream via any of the links below:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-classic-pinball-podcast/id1469743456
    https://www.breaker.audio/the-classic-pinball-podcast
    https://open.spotify.com/show/6JGvAzDFwCSJUwwWgBMCDd
    https://radiopublic.com/the-classic-pinball-podcast-WR95kj
    https://overcast.fm/itunes1469743456/the-classic-pinball-podcast

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    #38 2 years ago

    Aladdins Castle,, Tilt, to name a couple..

    Everyone's favorite Arcade. Would have been fun to stop by at that time...

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