Looking at Chinatown Fair’s last night in operation

arcadehero May 10, 2011 3

(Thanks for the tip Foxx!)

We all heard about the closure of Chinatown Fair, a popular arcade in NYC earlier this year. It came at about the same time as the closure of Arcade Infinity in California.  A man by the name of Kurt Vincent was at Chinatown Fair to capture the mood from that location’s last night in operation, which wasn’t necessarily a happy occasion. The trailer the documentary can be found below, and while one might assume that it was game over for the place if you watch the trailer by itself (or if you read Joystiq’s current post about this) we do know that it wasn’t quite the end of the scene there, just that particular location. We heard in March that the same management and games have moved into Brooklyn, NY under the new name The Next Level Arcade.  So there’s no reason to despair if you’re in NYC and as for this documentary it’s still a fascinating look into arcade culture, I look forward to seeing more about it soon. It’s just too bad that the only arcades which get this level of attention when they open or close is just those found in Southern California or New York City.

Language warning so check your speakers depending upon location.


  1. the7k May 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Well, California and New York are likely the most internationally well-known cities in the US, so it’s not something I’m particularly shocked by. I definitely look forward to seeing the full production.

    (P.S. – is something wrong with the forum, or is it just me?)

    • MasterFygar May 11, 2011 at 4:29 am - Reply

      No, it’s not just you, it’s not working for me either. (Firefox, Windows XP)

      And this looks pretty cool! It’ll be good to have another arcade documentary that’s worth something after King of Kong.

  2. Steven Rodriguez May 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    I never got to visit the China town arcade. I always wanted to. Maybe now I have to make the trip to Brooklyn before that one closes.

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