Quoted from drsfmd:
I've been there a couple of times, and I'm planning to take next Friday off to pay them a visit. In my experience from the times I've been there (usually on weekends-- it's almost a 4 hour drive for me) you're absolutely right-- the place is almost always empty. It's not a function of the people or the pins though-- they have gone out of their way to be friendly, and almost all of the pins (if not all) are working at any given time. The problem there as I see it is the location... they are literally in the middle of no where. They are the better part of an hour from the nearest highway, in some tiny little burb with the nearest "real" city being Nashua. If they were closer to a highway, they would get far more people willing to travel-- but that would come with a corresponding higher cost of real estate/rent.
I am from Phoenix, AZ. I have been to PHoF many times. I went to a few events at the Big Hit shed as well... I always enjoyed my time at Tim's place. Yes it is in a crappy place. It is a pretty long bus ride off the strip. (I was at a convention for work and didn't have a rental car and because of the show, taxi's were an long wait in line... ) I felt there were a lot of locals there, and not a lot of pinball collector types...
I was in Boston last week. I drove the 45 minutes to Pelham, NH. I was very glad I did. It was BY FAR nicer than PHoF. They had Hobbit, Woz, Full Throttle, AMH, and about 20 brand new Sterns. They didn't have many EM's, but that isn't my thing. They did have a lot of classic arcade games, I played a few for nostalgia reasons. I would say that Pinball Wizard is worth a 3-4 hour drive from anywhere. The machines are spotless. And although there were a few issues with a few VUKs, the experience was awesome. I spent about $30 and left happy. Many of the newest games were $1... That was a bit of a drag... But I understand there are bills to be paid... It was as many have said almost empty, but I was there in the afternoon on a Thursday. Check out the picture (only 1/2 the place). And tell me it isn't awesome!
I wish the owner were there as I would have liked to thanks her personally for running such a nice arcade!