Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Las Vegas - Pinball Hall Of Fame






What pinball machines, or other coin op games have had a place in your life?

Where were they?

A pizza parlor? An amusement park? A game arcade? A candy store?

There is a place in Las Vegas, Nevada, where you can play many pinball and coin op games from your past...

The Pinball Hall Of Fame.

No admission is charged. Simply pay per game as you always have, by dropping a quarter or two in the slot. Essentially it is a pinball dominated game room, with machines from across numerous decades. It is an incredible place.

No intimidation. It's not a sales office. Nobody will say boo to you. Just walk in, exchange bills for quarters in a change machine, walk around, be amazed and play.

The collection of machines slowly changes from time to time. Personally I very much enjoy the analog pinball machines of the 70s; those machines with rolling wheel numbers, prior to the digital displays which replaced them.

They have some of the oddball games of skill which I remember seeing most often at amusement park game rooms.

Recently I saw Missile Command and Asteroids there, as well as older electromechanical games from companies such as Chicago Coin. Remember Speedway?

As well, I saw Captain Fantastic (pinball) and KISS (pinball). I don't think that the KISS machine was there a few months ago, but it is there now.

The Pinball Hall Of Fame is located on Tropicana, approximately three miles east of The Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard).

If you were standing on Tropicana between NYNY and Excalibur, and went east, going past the MGM Grand and The Tropicana Hotel, past Hooters Hotel, and keep going that way for 3 miles, you will arrive at The Pinball Hall Of Fame. If you are a tourist and have a rental car, it is certainly easy and worthwhile to go.

3330 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, Nevada 89121

Check out the official website (after bookmarking this blog please)

3 comments:

barefoot 303 said...

Thanks for the info about the pinball museum. I am in Colorado and get to Vegas as often as i can.. I always wanted to visit this place but never seem to have the time.
Jennifer

barefoot 303 said...

Thanks for the info about the pinball museum. I am in Colorado and get to Vegas as often as i can.. I always wanted to visit this place but never seem to have the time.
Jennifer

Roy said...

You liked my post so much that you had to tell me twice :)

Thank you for letting me know that you found that post to be useful, Jennifer.

The pinball place is incredible and also invisible. I drove through that intersection many times and never knew it was there (the pinball place, not the intersection).

Its set back a little bit in a shopping center and is easy to miss.

When I first heard about it my thought was "I might be living a few miles from the only commercially active Speedway machine on the entire planet." And even though it was 2am, I drove there, was shocked to see that the place actually existed, and looked through the window because they were closed at that hour.

Post-it note to self:
Must find time to visit incredible pinball museum.