In 2015, we took you on a photograph tour of the Museum of Pinball, dwelling to one of many world’s largest collections of pinball and arcade video games below one roof. Since then, the variety of video games grew by a whole bunch; the final official rely was “over 1,100.”
Sadly, the museum is closing for good (and being replaced by a cannabis-growing operation). An try and relocate the museum to Palm Springs, California, failed, and the whole assortment of video games can be going up for public sale quickly.
Lead tech for the museum Chuck Casey posted this replace:
All deadlines have handed to relocate, get hold of a sponsorship, promote to 1 collector, and so forth. Due to this fact, all of the video games can be auctioned within the upcoming months. The official announcement can be forthcoming. You’ll be able to bid on-line and/or in particular person. The first public sale will happen in Banning on the Museum of Pinball. Pins and vids are being offered by way of public sale solely. The gathering is “locked” for the public sale.
We’ll miss the museum and the wonderful array of video games. The public sale can be one to observe.
Our authentic submit concerning the museum’s opening occasion follows:
BANNING, Calif.—The weekend of January 16, 2015, was host to the inaugural Southern California Arcade Expo. That includes over 750 pinball and arcade video games, the present was the biggest in Southern California’s historical past. In contrast to most arcade exhibits, the place the video games are introduced by volunteers and lovers to share with most of the people, the gathering is primarily owned by one man, John Weeks, who has spent the final 40 years amassing his horde of video games. Weeks additionally owns the 40,000-square-foot facility the place the video games are completely housed and is hoping to make occasions there occur at the very least twice a yr. The second is presently scheduled for a while in October.
Regardless of some minor points typical of a first-time present, it went off spectacularly, with 3,300 individuals all having fun with the huge assortment of video games. There was stay music, varied types of event play, a number of seminars, and an try to interrupt the Guinness World Report for “most video games of pinball being performed concurrently.” However most individuals simply got here for the video games, and we have tried to doc them for you above.
Particular because of the members of Pinside who donated their photographs to assist make this gallery doable.