With a nationwide resurgence in nostalgic gaming, the Museum of Pinball will host Arcade Expo, its second annual, three-day event in Banning, California, on January 15th-17th, 2016. Over 850 retro and modern pinball machines and arcade games will be on “freeplay” for ticketholders of the expo, which attracted over 3,500 people last year.
“From the moment I dropped a quarter into a pinball machine in 1975, I was hooked,” explains John Weeks, founder and executive director of the Museum of Pinball. “I’m excited to see young and old come together for three days of absolute fun.”
Weeks began collecting pinball machines 40 years ago, and he’s been storing them for quite some time while looking for an appropriate venue to display the games and give access to others. With over 40,000 square feet on an 18-acre campus in Banning, California, the Museum of Pinball will be hosting twice-a-year events for the general public. While local residents have been purchasing tickets, gaming enthusiasts are flying in from as far as Canada to experience what is noted as the largest arcade exposition in southern California.
Attendees will be treated to a wide array of games from the 1960s to the 2000s, and a variety of family-friendly activities are scheduled including:
• Pinball and arcade game tournaments
• Vendors will gaming-related merchandise
• Games in outdoor cabanas under the stars
• Arcade auction with over 80 games for sale
• Dedication of the “Official Walter Day Trading Card Museum”
• Special guests include Walter Day, Billy Mitchell, Richie Knucklez, and Tim Moyers
“Not only do we want young people to experience the excitement of an electronic game that doesn’t just appear on a handheld screen, but we want to preserve the amazing history of gaming,” said Dan Lin, show director. “Ultimately, we just want more people to fall in love with pinball and retro arcade games.”
Last year at Arcade Expo on January 17, 2015, 331 people set the world record for the “most people playing pinball simultaneously”, and the record has been official recognized by the Guinness World Records.
About Arcade Expo
Arcade Expo will be held at the Museum of Pinball located at 700 South Hathaway in Banning, California. Tickets are available online at www.arcadeexpo.com or at the door with a three-day pass available at $90. The daily schedule and ticket prices are as follows:
Friday, January 15th (2:00pm-12:00am) – $30/adult and $10/child (6-14)
Saturday, January 16th (10:00am-2:00am) – $50/person and $15/child (6-14)
Sunday, January 17th (10:00am-8:00pm) – $30/person and $10/child (6-14)
Company Name: Museum of Pinball
Contact Person: David Trotter
Country: United States