Playland-Not-At-The-Beach In San Francisco, CA Looking For Funding
(Thanks to Jdevy for the tip)
On occasion we hear about non-profit arcades. They are certainly uncommon as the operating costs for any arcade tends to be a bit high so it is difficult to maintain that when operating a for-profit arcade is a challenge.
For Playland-Not-At-The-Beach in SF, they have managed to buck the trend, having been open since 2000. They are As they explain on their website:
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a temperature-controlled 9000-square foot building chock-full of amazing things to see and do. There are 30+ pinball machines set on Free Play, arcade games, videogames, carnival games of skills where you can win prizes, penny arcades full of antique amusement devices, live magic shows, an amazing hand-carved miniature circus, side show acts, miniature dioramas, Fascination games, and historic exhibits with artifacts from the Sutro Baths and Whitney’s Playland in San Francisco. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Museum of Fun. Designed and built entirely by volunteers, the 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America’s bygone amusements.
As events happen however, the building that they are in has reportedly been sold and they are seeking funding help to move and continue operations. A Gofundme account has been established for that fundraising purpose with a lofty goal of $750k. That has been going for 6 months now but it doesn’t hurt to spread the word.
New Dave & Busters Opens In Oakville, ON (Canada)
For news on a new location, if you are in Ontario and have been wanting some arcade fun, then Dave & Busters has a new location for you. Bemanistyle.com reports that the location has both a DDR A and a Pump It Up Prime machine but both are currently offline. Also as D&B locations go, you can expect a large line-up of various modern releases for both video amusement and redemption.
— Dave & Buster’s (@DaveandBusters) December 5, 2016