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For sale:Black Pyramid-Excellent Cond. - Fascinating History

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Added: 2022-12-13 16:30:47 UTC • Re-listed: 1 time (January 24th, 2023)
Condition: Fully shopped/refurbished

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$ 1,400

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Item description

This machine was in a Time Out Family Amusements Center arcade which (resided in the Westchester Hilton - Rye Brook, New York) for only 4 or 5 months then was sold to a family when the arcade was closed.

The machine was shipped new to the Time Out Family Amusement arcade which was located in the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook, New York in September, 1984. When I first got it, my daughter found an article (which I cannot find now - I'll never forget to record a link ever again and I've not given up finding the article) which describes how the founder - Tico Bonomo (also the creator of the Turkish Taffy candy) decided to open an arcade in the Hilton hotel geared towards business people and adults. The article stated that the arcade had a dress code, a cappuccino bar and other unique things to cater to this specific audience. Well, his endeavor was not successful and the arcade was closed 4 or 5 months later. This is when the family purchased the machine (early 1985). This family sold it to the sister and that is who I purchased the machine from.

For an interesting read about Time Out Family Amusement Centers, see this site.

There are also many articles floating around the internet about the history.

You will see that it comes with the original paper work - including the inspection paper (dated 7/19/1984), the envelope (dated 9/24/1984) that was mailed to the Time Out Family Amusement Center #25 which resided in the hotel at 699 Westchester Ave, Port Chester New York.

The machine is in excellent condition. I did have to replace a bridge rectifier on the power board when I first got it. I've also stripped and cleaned the playfield, replaced bulbs, drop targets replaced with new ones. Replaced all rubbers with new.

It plays great - no issues. Cosmetically really nice. It does have a scratch in the center of the playfield from the swinging target down. The head has a few dings but other than that, the cabinet is extremely nice.

The boards and inside cabinet are spotless, the displays very bright. Backglass is perfect. Legs are even perfect. Has a free play button cleanly installed on door - my guess is that the original arcade installed that.

Easy access to machine - I have a walkout basement in back of house with double doors and parking next to doors.

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Wayne, NJ, US


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