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Pinball Hall of Fame

1610 East Tropicana Avenue

The Pinball Hall of Fame is a registered 501c3 non-profit. It relies on visitors stopping by to play these games, restored pinball machine sales and 'This Old Pinball' repair dvd videos (available for sale at the museum). The PHoF has also helped out with fundraising for the local Salvation Army, accepting donations to benefit them. There is a candy vending stand, where the entire 25 cents of each quarter goes directly to the Salvation Army. And after the PHoF covers its monthly expenses for rent, electricity, insurance, endowment savings, the remainder of the money goes to the Salvation Army.

Tim says, 'I like the Salvation Army a lot because they're kinda like us. They're downtown on the cheap side and they put all their emphasis on the areas that need emphasis and not a lot on hierarchy and organization. When the crap hit the fan with Katrina, the government failed completely, the Red Cross failed mostly, but everybody that was there said the Salvation Army was exemplary in every way. This is why we help the Salvation Army. They are unlike any other charity or government, very little overhead and helping lots of people that need it. Today's society is often too self-centered to bother doing community service. So I'm just giving them a vehicle where they think they're being self-indulging by playing pinball, but they are really helping charity.'

The best thing about the Pinball Hall of Fame is their complete lack of a 'profit' mindset. It's about the games and charity and not about making money. Tim explains, 'we just don't care that this or that game isn't making any money. The minute we start becoming professional, it's all gonna be about the dollars and it's not gonna be about the games. I mean like the kind of things we do to maintain these games - we change the rubber rings more often than we have to. We replace light bulbs the minute they burn out. That doesn't make any economic sense. If we were professional, we'd let things slide a little. There's no real economic reason for this to exist, or capitalism would've already built it.'

That 'cheap side' approach gives the Pinball Hall of Fame its disarming, thrift-store feeling. The royal-blue carpet? It's scrap from a Convention Center weekend show. The change machines? Grabed from the Golden Nugget's trash dock before the garbage men came. But it's not about cutting corners - it's about maintaining an almost obsessive focus on the pinball games themselves. Forget about public relations, marketing, uniforms, or even a sign outside. 'If the games play, the people will come, quarters at the ready. There's stuff here that hasn't been seen since my mom was a kid. And it's all up here and it's playable.'


kim nguyen

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Great place for a visit. Short 5 minutes drive off the strip. Free entrance. Easy to find as long as you keep an out for a banner hung on the building and a neon light "open" sign. Quarter operated, very reasonable priced games ranging from 25¢ to $2 per game. They even have a 1¢ candy machine and 25¢ popcorn vending machines. It's a must for any age kids.

Rocky Crocker

Monday, July 30, 2018
One of the most fun places to visit and even though it's a coin-op driven amusement place we never spend a lot of money but always have a ton of fun, it's a great date night place and it stays open pretty late. Highly recommend visiting or revisit. We try and go at least once a month and have taken friends. I can't believe that people that even live here have never be...what's wrong with you even if you don't like video games it's a fun place to just look around in, some of the game even have the history of it on them. The only down side is the crotchety old persons running it...stay off their radar and you'll be fine and have fun but have a run in with them and you'll never want to come back.

Adam Yates

Sunday, July 15, 2018
A great selection of old and new pinball machines mostly ready to play. There are always a few machines that don't work quite right, but you need to consider that there are only a couple people working on these machines. There are also some extremely rare machines which you can play including Midway's The Circus Pinball in which only two working models exist in the world. There are also some arcade games there and some classic Amusement Games which really aren't arcade games or pinball machines. When you go take a look around for a little game where a hovering ping pong ball is a target for a little wooden batter, very fun and simple game from way back. All in all, if you are in Vegas and you enjoy pinball there's no reason you shouldn't stop by the Pinball Hall of Fame, just be sure to bring your pocket money

Michael Hillis

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
It's more just an arcade of really cool old games than a hall of fame. I had a lot of fun here, but I expected more of an educational museum experience. I see a great potential here to create an interactive hands on exhibit that not only provides the opportunity to play great games from the past, but is also an educational experience that brings the history of arcade gaming to life. I see this is just a beginning of something really great.

Nancy Cauley

Sunday, June 17, 2018
So much fun for very little money. For less than $20 two (or more) people can have a blast. So many machines and many that are one of a kind. The history of the games are posted on many units and they definitely bring back memories for those of us who grew up in arcades. Worth the short trip off the strip. You won't be disappointed.

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