I recently had visited the Pinball Hall of Fame to take one last look at the old location before it moved. It has now officially moved to its new location at 1610 E. Tropicana Avenue just west of Spencer. I went there Wednesday night to check it out. It’s still on the north side of the street, but instead of being tucked away in a mall, it has its very own building. There were about thirty people there the night before Thanksgiving, representing a variety of ages. The PHoF at the old location was the best place on the planet to play pinball, and now in the new location it is even better.
While I was there I tried out “Banzai Run” which is an interesting pinball machine. If you hit the the right targets, the ball is magnetically lifted into the vertical back where a second set of flippers allows you to play a quick (in my case, very quick) vertical pinball game.
The new building can hold more machines than the old location. It looks like all 200 pinball machines have been moved from the mall at Pecos. However, there is currently some empty space for more. It’s fantastic now, but it should be truly amazing when all the pinball machines are finally installed!
The new location has a higher ceiling and airier feel, too. Someone was working outside on the front of the building when I was there, so it will probably have a different look soon. The Pinball Hall of Fame has gotten a great new home, and Tim Arnold and the volunteers who make everything work at the PHoF are to be congratulated. The PHoF is open daily 11AM to 11PM, except on Christmas when the hours will be 4PM to midnight.