Come visit a time machine capable of briefly returning visitors to a very specific time
and place in their past...the 80s video arcade!
Pinball Paradise is now open ANY time that Arcadia is open. We currently have 20+ machines ready inside, but will eventually house about 40 machines upstairs and 25 downstairs. Here is a list of the current titles:
The amenities include 4 multi-game style arcade games (all on free play, and that contain over 800 arcade games you can play), a nice Addams Family pinball loaded with free credits (25 cents per play after used up), a 70 inch HD internet-linked TV, a kitchenette loaded with free drinks, popcorn, and coffee, and a spiral staircase leading to a small kids' loft with its own hide-a-bed couch and a 55 inch HD TV. You can see pictures and details, as well as look into booking at the Airbnb link below:
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The Route 66 Arcade Museum in its current form is a Route 66 tourist attraction. It is only open during the tourist season - April through September. During this season, the museum should be open Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. This museum is opened and closed by a third party, and I cannot guarantee that it will always be open during those hours. I can also not guarantee that you can't visit at other times.
What I tell people is that if they are in the area and want to see the place, just drive by and see if the building is open. If it is open, you are free to go in and check out the games. You can plug them in and play them if you want. Just put everything back the way it was when you're done.
Our focus is currently on expanding and improving our McLean locations, so at the moment the Atlanta location is not receiving a lot of attention. Although, that said, I have added quite a few machines to it in 2016. And I will be adding more throughout 2017. I mean, why not?
The museum is at the corner of Arch and Race streets in Atlanta.
Let's face it, arcades aren't what they used to be. If you can even find one
these days, they are filled with pointless simulators, redemption (ticket) games, and
coin-op versions of the latest playstation games.
At America's Playable Arcade Museum we have assembled many of the FUNNEST games
of the 1980s (and beyond), restored them to their original glory, and put them in
a cool arcade building to be experienced as originally intended.
While we will have rotating exhibits featuring oddball, prototype, and super-
rare game titles, our primary focus is on the classics that everyone remembers
and likes to play.
We are not (yet) an official non-profit organization so you cannot receive a
tax deduction for your contributions. But I assure you we are a non-profit
organization in every other way...if you know what I mean.
For the record, I intend to keep this museum open as long as I am physically
and financially able, and as long as I am living in central IL. At the moment
that appears to be for a long time, but could change at any time. My life (as
well as the museum's life) is completely in God's hands.
Please send your donation either via PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail donations to:
America's Playable Arcade Museum
PO Box 49
McLean, IL 61754
We have already received several donations and I can honestly tell you that every
donation, no matter how small (or large) is appreciated. The support of the
videogame collecting and preservation community has been strong and very
There is plenty of free parking for the museum. Snacks and drinks are available
in vending machines just outside the museum. Dining is available at McDonalds,
Subway, and the Dixie Truck Stop Restaurant - all just a few blocks away. There is
also a much better restaurant called the Palms Grille Cafe just 5 miles south of us in downtown Atlanta IL - JUST NEXT TO OUR OTHER MUSEUM! THE ROUTE 66 ARCADE MUSEUM!
Games are for the most part priced the same as they were when originally released. So
classic videos and pinballs (about 60% of the machines) are still only 25 cents per play, and newer games and pinballs are 50 cents or 3/$1.
here is a link to a youtube
video walkthough I made in November of 2013.
We appreciate any / all donations we receive. Several of you have given us small
financial contributions, and several others have given us a game or two in need
of love. We are always here to give love to your unloved arcade machines. We
are not officially a "non-profit", but I assure you that we are non-profit in
the literal sense of the word...LOL.
We look forward to seeing you at America's Playable Arcade Museum! Thanks for
checking out our website!