Shawn sent this my way. I plan on hitting the place up soon and picking up a single cabinet. Do not care if it works cuz I am going to gut it and make a MAME. Forum thread
Some other neighborhood geeks and I discovered a location just a tad east of Emerald on west O street which has a crap load of old arcade/bar toys. There was an ad in Craigâ€™s so we ventured out. Iâ€™ve been by this old place a few times in my life and always wondered what its story was. It sits on about Â½ an acre, has approx. 10 semi trailers and a several smaller outbuildings. The main focus of the property though is a 2 story Southwestern Stucco style building, in pretty bad shape. The thing looks like it could be straight out of a Rob Zombie movie.
So we arrive to the site and were greeted by Gary and Jerry aka â€œFather Timeâ€ which is what he said everyone calls him. FT claimed to, at one time, run the largest arcade franchise in NE and surrounding states. I would have loved to have stayed and bull shitted with the guy for a while but it was getting dark and the rain was moving in. I know he would have had some great stories about running the arcades back in their golden days.
Anyway, I just wanted to suggest the place in case others wanted to get out there and have a look around. For the most part, most cabinets are not in working order. Some of the shells and artwork are in good shape and others are not. I wish I could have gotten out there 2 days prior because a guy from OK City came up and snapped up 200 working cabinets for ~18Kâ€¦would have been fun to see those. You have to plan on spending a combined total of ~$200 to get Gary to take you out so grab your friends, some dough ray me and a flash light.(did I forget to mention thereâ€™s no power in the building?) Games start at $25 and go up. We ended up walking out of there with a Dig Dug, Mortal Combat, Asteroids, Omega Race, Chinese Hero and Pole Position cabinet along with a box of shuffle board wax, an oscilloscope and other misc. pieces. I think everyone plans on converting their cabinets to MAME (multiple arcade machine emulator) boxes but keeping the original panels, artwork etc.
The craigâ€™s list ad seems to currently be down but Garyâ€™s number is 710-0984 if you decided to head out. Good luck.