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Posted: Feb 2, 2011 2:26 pm
where in memphis is there a working pinball machine?? I have yet to find one. anyone?
Posted: Feb 2, 2011 4:28 pm
Elvis is at Young Avenue. meh.
Greetings Memphian entrepreneurs, if your bar were to acquire Addams Family, I would drink a shit load of beers there.
Posted: Feb 2, 2011 4:59 pm
Garibaldi's off Walker over near the UofM has 2 or 3. Pizza is cheap but sucks.
Posted: Feb 3, 2011 3:30 am
Star Trek Next Generation machine at Loren'z Aftershock. Don't go in there alone.
Posted: Feb 3, 2011 3:31 am
Greetings Memphian entrepreneurs, if your bar were to acquire Addams Family, I would drink a shit load of beers there.
Posted: Feb 3, 2011 4:33 am
Star Trek Next Generation machine at Loren'z Aftershock. Don't go in there alone.

God, joe t, they'd eat you alive in there. What were you doing there?
I wouldn't go there again for all the pinball machines in the world!

I used to play at a place called Funland at Summer and White Station when I was in high school. Damn, I miss pinball!
Posted: Feb 3, 2011 6:32 am
What were you doing there?

Playin pinball and watchin my ass, which is really hard to do at the same time.
Posted: Feb 3, 2011 6:48 am
I bet there were plenty of people also watching your ass!
Posted: Feb 3, 2011 11:55 am
Sopranos pinball machine at Garabaldi's!
Posted: Feb 3, 2011 12:11 pm
putt putt most likely has a few in their arcade:)

ps lorenz' has the most sweet timewarp bar- only in the front though:)

and strange empty terrariums!
Posted: Feb 3, 2011 5:37 pm
Isn't the Addams Family pinball machine the best-selling one of all time? Surely they're easy to come by. Somebody needs to get on that, Memphis!
Posted: Feb 3, 2011 5:42 pm
There's this old building in my town, it's been abandoned forever. Me and one of my kids were walking around town, doing a few a errands and my kid looked in the window and saw a Kiss pinball machine. If I could get figure out how to buy that thing....I wonder how hard it would be to restore...it really didn't look that bad.
Posted: Feb 3, 2011 5:55 pm
the electronics are very simple, finding bumper replacements is harder bit totally doable
Posted: Feb 4, 2011 4:17 am
Pinball machines on Craigslist:
1976 Bobby Orr

Lazer Wars

used to ride bikes around Midtown doing Extreme Alley Riding w/James Arthur lookin' for pinball machines... ah the good old dayz.
Posted: Feb 4, 2011 4:33 am
3 Angels Diner on Broad has a couple of old pinball machines. Nice place and nice folks.
Posted: Feb 4, 2011 4:39 am
3 Angels Diner on Broad has a couple of old pinball machines. Nice place and nice folks.

Posted: Feb 4, 2011 4:43 am
Problem is no one repairs the machines. They break down; they usually break down for good. Lots of upkeep. Seriously, only handful of people in US even work on them anymore.
Posted: Feb 4, 2011 5:01 am
seems like there's a buncha folks who will rehab them to sell 'em, they're always on Craigslist ... but they don't also just fix 'em?
Posted: Feb 4, 2011 6:34 am
Addams Family is indeed the best selling pinball machine of all time, but one of the most mechanically/electronically complicated of its era. Very difficult to maintain.
Posted: Feb 4, 2011 7:42 am
Rollercoaster tycoon at do duds by pho hoa binh if it's not in a state of disrepair. Anybody ever see the phantom menace with the video screen targets?

My favorites:

Guns n Roses with a specially written song "Ain't goin down"
Eric you should buy it and put it in the store.

Rocky and Bullwinkle

and Attack from Mars which I guess they got rid of from Lorenz
Posted: Feb 4, 2011 8:49 am
Im pretty damn sure they have the Addams Family pinball game at Chuckie Cheese on Germantown Pkwy. I could be wrong, but I swear I think i saw it there. The Chuckster DOES serve beer.
Posted: Feb 4, 2011 8:52 am
Im pretty damn sure they have the Addams Family pinball game at Chuckie Cheese on Germantown Pkwy. I could be wrong, but I swear I think i saw it there. The Chuckster DOES serve beer

Now they have a Pirates of the Caribbean machine. Right flipper sticks.
Posted: Feb 4, 2011 9:30 am
They still serve beer? I was just wondering about that the other day. Really.
Posted: Feb 5, 2011 8:13 pm
Bentley Tock?!?
Posted: Feb 6, 2011 5:53 am
I have loved pinball machines since I was a child. I got very good at playing the machines to get free credits, and I was so good that arcade owners actually hated me, because I could play for an hour or more a mere 25 cents. For someone with low self esteem as I was, being a top player and beating my friends and leaving enough credits behind for others to play made me popular, but infamous to arcade owners.

Pinball machines are something that I see like someone sees in a classic car or a famous painting. Sometimes I can spy an old machine in a movie and wish I could play it.

I used to go to Fun and Games on Highland and Poplar back in the 1980's because they maintained their machines well, and had the best pinball. They rented the machines instead of buying them, so there was someone who serviced the machines. The ones who bought the machines outright usually did a poor job in keeping the machines in good working order. It was annoying to deal with those Jew pricks who ran the place, and their cheapness from buying a coin machine for dollars instead of having to bang their door for change. But they were worth it because the games were well ran and they did not care what we did in there. Good times.

Favorite pinball spots 25 years ago were Fun and Games, Imperial Bowling Lanes on Summer, Raleigh Springs Mall (ran by that kindly but scary if you did not know him old dude) and some other places. We kids used to go all the way out to a Putt Putt center way out near the Penal Farm near the old Hungry Fisherman. It was never hard to find a game back in the day, but now, not. Pinball machines are too expensive to maintain, and the rate of return is too low. Video games hurt the pinball business, and when home video gaming became as good or better than in the arcades, the pinball industry about died.

The best manufacturer of games was Williams. This is the company that made the "Adams Family" game. Well crafted games which could be played to death. The crappiest came from a company called DataEast. DataEast made some fun machines like "The Simpsons" but the games were of shit quality and would frequently break down.

My favorite game of all time is "Harlem Globetrotters" a game made in about 1980. I used to play that game at a skating center on 51 in Southhaven (the one on the right literally right over the Miss/Tn state border) that I beat so bad and they made so little money that they changed the configuration of the game to make it harder/impossible to beat. Some cheapskates designed their games to only give a free ball after acheiving a score, I never played those.

I still remember those old bingo pinball games with no flippers and holes that dropped the balls. People used to play those illegally in small shops and other places. As a kid, I lived in Whitehaven and there was one in a Cardosi's convenient store on Airways and Shelby Drive. I played Pac Man there when the game first came out, but was not allowed to play the bingo machine.

Someone mentioned Garibaldis by Memphis State. I thought their bbq pork pizza was wonderful, but that was again, in the late 1980's. Then they had an Elton John machine that was in working condition but in poor repair with the playing surface well worn. An example of some private owner buying a game and then working it to death until it's crap and trash.

The only active manufacturer of pinball games now is Stern Pinball.

Microsoft has a game called Microsoft Pinball which one could possibly download. These are Gottlieb games from every decade from 1940's to the 1990's. It's not bad with a few good games.

In Las Vegas, there is an arcade with nothing but pinball machines, with are quite numerous. If I was wealthy, I would have a whole room of pinball games. I love em.
Posted: Feb 6, 2011 6:31 am
i have a KISS pinball machine and luv it to death. also have a KISS playfield with all the wiring if anyone is interested? I always thought if someone could get the lights to work it could be a killer coffee table.

Sultan's Castle in the raleigh springs mall was a great arcade back in the day.

the only thing about owning arcade games is the room needed, suckers are big. i have to rearrange a few things and then the Goner Asteroid machine will sit proudly next to the KISS machine.
Posted: Feb 6, 2011 5:44 pm
Posted: Apr 23, 2011 9:28 am
hey we just got
SOUTH PARK pinball at
poplar lounge
works good (right now) if this machine does good, we will get another one!!! yeah!

so come on down and challenge me if you dare
Posted: Apr 23, 2011 3:16 pm
Posted: Sep 6, 2019 11:02 am
Alright, a huge long range bump since 2011! I'm a huge pinball enthusiast so hoping some of you who commented in this thread are still reading these forums and are also interested in chasing the silver ball. There has been a resurgence of pinball in the area with league and competitive tournaments every month.

Current (SEP 2019) locations to play pinball in Shelby County:

Garibaldi's Pizza at both the Walker Avenue and Mt. Moriah locations Walker has ~5, Mt. Moriah has 3. Operator: Richard Rickman

Lucchesi's Beer Garden - 3 machines I believe. Operator: Eric Stenberg.

Memphis Made Brewery in midtown has 8 pins. Old Chicago, Medieval Madness, No Fear, Hook, Goldball, NBA Fast Break, Transformers, Argosy. Operator: Eric Stenberg Tournaments monthly and league play a few times a year.

Crosstown Concourse. 2 on the first floor (Attack from Mars and Elvis), 2 on 4th floor (Batman 66 and Star Trek). Operator: Eric Stenberg

901 Growler's at 1911 Poplar Ave
12 pins, predominantly solid state machines, with a few EM's and a DMD or two. Operator: David Yopp
Selfie-League active now for September.

Saddle Creek (pop-up beer garden will close Oct 2019). 8 pins. North Star, Grand Prix, Power Play, Amazing Spiderman, High Speed, Break Shot, Space Jam, Dirty Harry. Operator: David Yopp

The Local on Main downtown. 4 machines in the basement. Star Wars, Freefall, Paragon, and Supersonic. Operator: David Yopp Selfie League active now for September.

The Local on Madison midtown. 3 machines upstairs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stern Spiderman, and another DMD. Operator: David Yopp.

The Retro Arcade (located in the Midsouth Marketplace on Route 51 in Millington). This location has ~14 pinball machines as well as video games and runs tournaments regularly. Operator: Jon Stoddard & Ron Slone.

There is a Memphis Selfie League group on Facebook as well as a TCPA - Tennessee Competitive Pinball Association group on Facebook. Announcements for upcoming tournaments and leagues are posted there.

There is a tournament TONIGHT at Saddle Creek, with registration at 6:30pm and gameplay starting at 7pm.
Posted: Sep 8, 2019 11:09 am
That's some good info!
Posted: Oct 28, 2019 6:04 pm
Anyone know where there's a ROBOTRON game I can jam in town? I had a MacMame emulator at one point... if I build some raspberry pi emulator thing can I play some Robotron? Is this a question for Jason The Man Paxton?
Posted: Oct 29, 2019 6:07 am
Posted: Oct 29, 2019 6:21 am
eric o:
Anyone know where there's a ROBOTRON game I can jam in town?

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