I'm moving down the road to open a small Arcade/Showroom at the USA Flea Market in Hudson, FL at US 19 & SR 52. My Booth is going to be #95. I've researched the cost, and other local competition, or people who have arcades similar to the one I would open. There ain't much in the area. Stop-n-Play, a place with mostly kid ticket vending games, and 3 of their 4 pinballs work - sort of. Maintenance isn't really high on their priority list. They're busy keeping the huge connect-4 stocked with tickets - But, maybe I'm slightly bitter about the direction arcades are taking - the "Dave 'n Buster" type arcade, as opposed to the type of arcades depicted in the movie "Tilt."
So I want to sell games, as well as have people play them. Pricing is another issue I'm contemplating. If you touch quarters, then it's a WHOLE different ballgame. So, I'm thinking $1.00 for 2 games, and then a flat $5/Hr, or $10 for all day long, Maybe I could limit it to N-1 number of games, so even if all X people that paid to play all day long were there at once, there would still be a game open.
And what about a name?
- The Tilt Museum
- The Silverball Mueseum
- Pinhead's Paradise
- Extra Balls
- The Pinball Arcade (although a little telling)
other ideas I was playing with, "Tilting at Windmills" or,