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Weirs Beach (NH) arcade report

By dmarston

6 years ago

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    #1 6 years ago

    TL; DR summary: higher prices, 2 places closed, still several EMs out there

    Pirate's Cove/Winnisquam no longer has a game room. Pirate's Cove/Meredith never had one.

    Out on the Winnepesaukee Pier, the arcade area is roped off. It looks like they're preparing for an auction. There's a Theatre of Magic sitting there among the redemption pieces.

    Half Moon has raised prices to 75c per game on most of the solid-state pinballs. EMs are still 25c. Earthshaker is priced at 50c, but it has a for-sale sign on it. In the South building, there is Theatre of Magic, The Addams Family, High Speed, the aforementioned Earthshaker, Funhouse, and Revenge From Mars. Also notable in the South building: Slugfest, Twin Rifle, Apollo Moon Shot Rifle, Baseball Champ. In the North building, they have Getaway, Cyclone, Simpsons Pinball Party, Lord of the Rings, Attack From Mars, Big Game (out of order as of 5/23/2015), Eldorado, and Williams Jumpin' Jacks (1963). Also notable in the North building: Upper Deck, Ambush Rifle, Gangbusters Rifle, Basketball Champ, and Scientific Batting Practice (1941 and showing its age).

    Daytona Fun Park has a Monopoly. When I tried it today, it had coinage/pricing issues, but they promised to attend to it.

    Logs of Fun Arcade has four electromechanicals, the most of any Weirs Beach arcade. They have Eldorado, Top Score, Soccer, and Abracadabra (all Gottlieb). These run on tokens.

    Funspot has the usual quantity of pinballs, about 35. There are six in the Funspot proper, and the rest (including the 3 EMs) are in the Museum zone. I'll only enumerate the ones that I don't recall being there last year at this time: Mr. & Mrs. Pac-Man, Time 2000, Middle Earth, and Hercules. All pinballs run on Funspot tokens, some needing two and some taking one.

    If I missed any pinballs in the Lake Winnepesaukee area, please reply in this thread.
    .................David Marston

    #2 6 years ago


    1 year later
    #3 5 years ago

    As of 28 May 2016, the situation is about the same.

    I saw the tech at Half Moon, and he bragged about overhauling 4 games since last season, including at least one EM. He also said he plans to attend Pintastic New England.

    The pier has not been emptied out; the game room is still roped off. There are now 3 pins parked there.

    The Surf Coaster site is still for sale! If you want to put a good game room in an established resort area, here's your chance!
    .................David Marston

    #4 5 years ago

    I remember my dad taking me there on vacation as a kid. Fun place and great memories.

    11 months later
    #5 4 years ago

    As of 27 May 2017, there is slightly better news. Most places are the same, except that The Pier arcade seems to be running at full strength, including four pinballs placed by an operator.

    Once again, the tech at Half Moon made it a point to come up to me and brag about maintenance work he did over the off-season.

    Funspot has invested in replacement displays and LED bulbs for many of their older pinballs. Beware the non-working flippers on some games, though.
    .................David Marston

    1 week later
    #6 4 years ago

    I was at the Pier today and there are 4 pins on location.

    Bride of Pinbot
    No Good Gophers
    Demolition Man (out of order)
    and a 4th game that I don't recall offhand

    I also ran into the tech at the Half Moon arcade to inquire about the Earthshaker that's for sale. He also elaborated on the restoration work that he's doing (ie: LED install on Theater of Magic, etc) and indicated that he's got a machine in the back room (Stern's Big Game) undergoing repair that will be put up for sales in the $2,000 range.

    3 years later
    #7 6 months ago

    Update for Memorial Day Weekend 2021 (sorry I missed a couple years in between).

    The Surf Coaster is STILL for sale! Doesn't one of you want to own an amusement park?

    Funspot: The number of EM pinballs and Atari pinballs is increasing. The Museum portion has an Aladdin's Castle and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy in addition to the other EMs. The Tavern area has Swing-Along and Fire!. There are probably about 40 pinballs in all. http://www.funspotnh.com/

    Daytona Fun Park has a Monopoly with a hyper-sensitive tilt, an #eldorado that hasn't had a plunger tip in over 3 years, and a Seidel Hitter's Rally.

    The old Logs of Fun arcade is still an empty building, except for the place where they sell admissions to the mini-golf.

    On the pier, the arcade is now named Games on the Pier and is well-equipped with arcade games. I can't say "coin-op" because everything runs on Intercard swipe cards. The only pinballs I saw were South Park and Disco Fever with straight flippers, both looking very out-of-order.

    In Half Moon's North Building, I was sad to see the Williams Jumpin' Jack's unplugged, but I consoled myself playing a few good (5-ball) games on #eldorado. The Upper Deck pitch-and-bat game seemed to be out of order, but other veteran EM games were limping along. There were most of the same solid-state pinballs, including The Getaway: High Speed II , Cyclone, #lotr, The Simpsons Pinball Party , Attack from Mars , Twilight Zone , and SlugFest , all at a dollar a game. The highlight, though, is an Eight Ball Deluxe that has been refurbished and outfitted with LEDs. Anyone know whose handiwork this is?

    In Half Moon's South Building, High Speed and Harley Davidson remain at 75c play, while the rest are up to a dollar a play, with no visible reason why you should spend that dollar. The Revenge From Mars was out of order.

    In summary: this whole region is becoming more of a destination for those who like antique games rather than any pinball from the past couple decades.
    .................David Marston

    3 months later
    #8 3 months ago

    Thanks for the updates!

    We visited funspot and the half moon at the end of August. Thanks for the tip about the games in the pub. Those were a blast and the bartender told us the story of her family owning and restoring the Swing A Long. Out in the main floor, my wife was happy with her skills on Funhouse.

    We really were looking forward to playing the Eight Ball Deluxe at half moon, but my first ball got stuck in what looked like peeled up mylar on the right hand side of the game. Even tilting the game didn’t free it up. We did discover the Theatre of Magic in the other building and my wife channeled her unknown ramp skills into a free game...

    Could be better, but still a fun way to spend part of an afternoon.


    #9 3 months ago

    Half Moon had a 1973 Upper Deck Pitch and Bat when we were there last October. The Slugfest was not working properly then, the bat mech was broken down.

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