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Las Vegas - Pinball Hall of Fame

1610 East Tropicana Avenue
702-597-2627

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.'



Reviews

Troy Winger

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Monday, March 19, 2018
This place is a must stop if you enjoy pinball. All proceeds go to charity and the staff is amazing... a special thank you to the woman volunteer with the long hair working today. She was full of info. And helped us numerous times. She is a sweetie. We will be back😀

David Dean

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
This is a great place to go if you want to step back to a time when entertainment was simple and with a little experience, fun. We had time to kill waiting for a late afternoon flight and rather than sit in a casino, we headed to the Pinball Hall of Fame. It was a good time and we spent way less than we would have gambling. There is no cost to enter. The vintage machines cost a quarter for 5 shots. The newer machines cost from 25 cents to 75 cents for 3 shots.

Nicole

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Absolutely loved this place! Do yourself a favor and get off the strip and stop by here with a roll of quarters. This place is a labor of love by those who maintain the machines so be respectful and if you have kids with you please keep an eye on them. You won't get many chances in life to play such a wide array of machines from different decades. It's truly impressive even for non-fanatics. To get here from the strip, we found it was cheaper, faster, and more convenient to take an Uber and there were plenty nearby when it was time to head back.

Jenn Bailey

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Friday, March 23, 2018
If you even remotely like pinball, add this place to your next Vegas itinerary. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the inside holds incredible history. Rows of original tables with some newer ones added in. Almost every older game has an index card detailing the table’s history, including manufacture date. Staff is attentive and accommodating. Plenty of machines inside to dispense quarters with plastic cups so you’re no loading down your pockets with $20 in quarters. Tables range from 25 cents to $1 a play, with most in the 50 or 75 cent range (some up to 5 balls per play). Many tables have a multi-play discount. Make the trip off and bring a few pennies for the kiddos to get a souvenir. TL;DR: Not your everyday tables, worth the trip. Awesome compilation across the eras. My photos suck and don’t do them justice.

Sawyer Cornel

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Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
I absolutely love the Pinball Museum. I have been going here before it was even in this building. I wish there was a way to call it an arcade. A museum makes you think you can only look and not touch. Every working game in here is playable for quarters. No tokens. You have leftovers you can spend them somewhere else which is nice. There is one pinball machine you will not find anywhere else. They only made 2. This place is kid friendly. This place is also non-profit. They have their building paid off and the land. They also give to charity.

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