Written by Kate Tinklenberg
On a rare day off without the kids, my husband and I were looking for something fun and cheap to do for the afternoon. And it had to be inside and out of the summer heat! We had seen Tim Arnold, the owner of the Pinball Hall of Fame, featured on History Channel’s American Restoration a few times and thought we would check it out. It was one of the most enjoyable afternoons we’d spent together and it cost us only the gas to get there and a few quarters we’d never miss.
The Pinball Hall of Fame, located at 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas NV, is basically a warehouse with rows of pinball machines and a few other arcade games. The games ranged from machines built in the 1950s to today. The older machines were 25 cents to play. They were mechanical, not electrical, and had smaller flippers and less power than the newer games, which made them more challenging to play. Most of the older games were themed with playing cards and sports, like baseball and bowling.
The early electrical machines were 50 cents to play. My favorites were South Park, the Pierce Brosnan 007, the Jack Nicholson Batman, and 24. The newer machines were 75 cents to play. My favorites were Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Monopoly, and Wheel of Fortune. Most of the newer games were themed after movies, TV shows, and board games.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is also home to the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club. This club is dedicated to repairing pinball machines and displaying them to the public. The museum is a not-for-profit corporation that donates all of its excess profits to the Salvation Army and other charities. And did I mention that all of the games are non-violent? The Pinball Hall of Fame is a fun place for the entire family!