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Where in the world is considered the Pinball Mecca?


By Dooskie

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    If a person were going to take a break from life for a week and immerse themselves in playing pinball, where's the best place in the world to go?

    #2 1 year ago

    Minneapolis IMHO

    #3 1 year ago

    Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas. Huge collection, and lots of rare and unique games you'll probably never see anywhere else. You'll be able to play all sorts of rare treats, like Krull and Pinball Circus. When you're pinballed out, go see Penn and Teller or David Copperfield on the strip, or if you want, Death Valley is a 2 hour drive west, and if you've never been, it's honestly a pretty amazing experience, especially if you like sweating.

    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from Dooskie:

    If a person were going to take a break from life for a week and immerse themselves in playing pinball, where's the best place in the world to go?

    My walk in basement.

    #5 1 year ago

    Looking at pinball map.com, Portland, Seattle, and the bay area CA all have more than 700 tables listed. If you want to interact with other pinheads the IFPA calender would be a good place to find events.

    #6 1 year ago
    Quoted from mbaumle:

    Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas. Huge collection, and lots of rare and unique games you'll probably never see anywhere else. You'll be able to play all sorts of rare treats, like Krull and Pinball Circus. When you're pinballed out, go see Penn and Teller or David Copperfield on the strip, or if you want, Death Valley is a 2 hour drive west, and if you've never been, it's honestly a pretty amazing experience, especially if you like sweating.

    Did the Pinball Hall of Fame and was impressed by the game selection but nothing else. It's a super cramped venue with absolutely no circulation in a place known for the desert heat.

    #7 1 year ago

    I'm heading to Chicago soon for my Bachelor Pinball Party and couldn't believe the amount of games and locations with pinball on site. Plus we're doing a factory tour of Stern so that's a +1 in my book.

    #9 1 year ago

    IN your house,in front of your own pins!! If you don't think so,then YOU screwed up with what you bought!

    #10 1 year ago

    It’s Chicago. The birthplace. It’s where all the great companies are or were. (I am specifying American pinball as we know it with flippers and plungers or auto plunging devices.) while there are other place with MORE pins to play on location you can’t beat Chicago’s history, and I suspect some private collections in Chicagoland are quite impressive if ya know the right people.

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from Phat_Jay:

    It’s Chicago. The birthplace. It’s where all the great companies are or were. (I am specifying American pinball as we know it with flippers and plungers or auto plunging devices.) while there are other place with MORE pins to play on location you can’t beat Chicago’s history, and I suspect some private collections in Chicagoland are quite impressive if ya know the right people.

    I thought that might be the case. By the way, I lived in Fondy for 9 years. You're just up the road!

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from Phat_Jay:

    It’s Chicago. The birthplace. It’s where all the great companies are or were. (I am specifying American pinball as we know it with flippers and plungers or auto plunging devices.) while there are other place with MORE pins to play on location you can’t beat Chicago’s history, and I suspect some private collections in Chicagoland are quite impressive if ya know the right people.

    This is my answer as well. Are there any non-US companies still in production? (Let’s not count DP just yet)

    #13 1 year ago
    Quoted from drewski28:

    Did the Pinball Hall of Fame and was impressed by the game selection but nothing else. It's a super cramped venue with absolutely no circulation in a place known for the desert heat.

    Sorry you felt that way about it. We went in early November, so heat wasn't too much of an issue, and I don't recall it being cramped at all. The building it's in is huge. To me, it wasn't any more cramped than, say, Allentown Pinfest. You just have to pay per game to play. I think between my fiancé and myself, together we spend $20 total in quarters, and played everything worth playing.

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    A couple of other honorable mentions:

    Seattle has the Seattle Pinball Museum. We had a great time there. Two floors of very well maintained games. We didn't spend much more time in Seattle, so I couldn't tell you other things to do (other than seek out more pinball).

    Montreal has North Star Pinball Bar. Small selection of games, but a great beer selection. They actually have the original "D. Gottlieb and Co." sign that was on the factory lit up behind the bar. Great city, lots of places there to sightsee! Just get your Bonjour on!

    #14 1 year ago

    We do have a hardcore pinball scene if you are into that. John puts up pinball events all year and are done well and inviting.

    Within half an hour of where i live i can go to LTGs SS Billards, blainebrook, tilt, mortimors, up down. Lots of options and each one has its unique features .

    #15 1 year ago

    .....CA......

    #16 1 year ago

    Banning, CA when they open up the hanagars!!

    #17 1 year ago
    Quoted from hawkmoon:

    IN your house,in front of your own pins!! If you don't think so,then YOU screwed up with what you bought!

    ...so take a break from life to treat yourself, but don't leave your house? Lol

    These topics usually have everyone claiming that the place they live is THE place to enjoy Pin.
    I think there are a lot of answers and you basically can't go wrong, I would say go someplace recommended that you think you will also enjoy the city/state.
    Maybe combine your trip with a show that is going on, or make sure it is someplace you've never been.
    Enjoy your trip to whatever "Mecca" you decide on, then pick another and compare to decide for yourself.
    Also, the answer is obviously Colorado.

    #18 1 year ago
    Quoted from mbaumle:

    Sorry you felt that way about it. We went in early November, so heat wasn't too much of an issue, and I don't recall it being cramped at all. The building it's in is huge. To me, it wasn't any more cramped than, say, Allentown Pinfest. You just have to pay per game to play. I think between my fiancé and myself, together we spend $20 total in quarters, and played everything worth playing.

    Over the last couple of years, I've been fortunate to travel to Vegas on business about once a month, and the PHOF is always on the agenda.

    I've seen what both of you describe. Like most places that welcome customers, there is an optimal number of people. Much less and the place seems dead, much more and it's way too crowded and tight. They've also got good days and bad days as far as what's broken and what's working, but that is definitely pinball.

    Unfortunately, being in the desert, crowded quickly also means "hot" and "close".

    On the other hand, there are so many games that you just won't ever see anywhere else that it's completely worth it.

    #19 1 year ago

    If I might be so bold. http://ssbilliards.com/

    You get 19 pins to play. Two more coming soon. See the mug museum. Visit with me. While I regale you with 60 years in the industry and all the weird tech support questions. And jokes and pranks. Just be sure when you visit, that you got your sh*tt*n pants on.

    LTG : )

    #20 1 year ago

    The Museum Of Pinball in Banning is by far the mecca. The biggest commercial or private collection on the planet, but they are only open 6 days a year.

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    #21 1 year ago
    Quoted from Phat_Jay:

    It’s Chicago. The birthplace. It’s where all the great companies are or were. (I am specifying American pinball as we know it with flippers and plungers or auto plunging devices.) while there are other place with MORE pins to play on location you can’t beat Chicago’s history, and I suspect some private collections in Chicagoland are quite impressive if ya know the right people.

    ^ what this guy said...

    #22 1 year ago

    I've always felt a trip to the VFW, Banning, Replay FX, and TPF would be a great year.

    #23 1 year ago

    CHICAGO....not even a debate

    #24 1 year ago

    NYC used to have less than 80 pinball machines in the wild in 2006, hundreds now. Growing every year. NYCPC bringing major pinball tournament back. One day

    #25 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinMagnet:

    The Museum Of Pinball in Banning is by far the mecca. The biggest commercial or private collection on the planet, but they are only open 6 days a year.

    The museum is hard to beat. I have volunteered there, very fun.

    It is Shaping up to be the best public place to play pinball. I sure hope they open more in the future. Like every weekend would be nice.

    It's a 2 hour drive for me to get there.

    There is also the joy of my one machine in my living room. It's not the same as banning.

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    #26 1 year ago

    Portland/Seattle

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