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1 hour ago, Pook said:

This is exactly why I wanted to move to a forum based site, some really interesting reading in this thread. :)

Stick around they'll be pictures next week lol.

And there was me thinking when I saw your post, I thought he's going to say please keep the general chit chat out of my release threads.

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On 2/15/2018 at 7:00 PM, gemini17 said:

No not at all.

It's interesting to know what is about around the country,and more to the point what is left out there in arcade land.

On my doorstep is Blackpool (and you would never think it was half term here!)-been along the sea front twice in the last week and to say it's dead is an understatement!!

3 arcades were closed and don't think I counted any more than 80 people along the front!

Real is getting beyond bad here and I can't imagine it is much better around the country.

 

Jay

Did any of you lot come across 'Family Leisure' in Victoria?  It was a couple of doors away from one of the District line exits.  Went there a lot between 1988 and 1992.  An awful place, crooked staff, people jumping the machines but it did not stop me going in there and either losing all my money or if I was having a good evening, would be in there until midnight.  It had a basement level with a load more machines and a pool table.  I'm sure the basement level would not have passed any kind of health and safety check.  With open planned wooden staircases to the basement level probably would have been a death trap had fire ever taken hold.

One of you mentioned Oxford Street, the only one I remember in OS was the one at the Tottenham Court Road end which was a Family Leisure but was much bigger and had more professional staff than the one in Victoria. 

I remember one on the Edgeware Road, it was near the District line station and was called 'The Winning Line'.  I have no idea if any of these central London arcades are still there.  I am guessing that the Oxford Street one would have been pulled down, if it was even still there, when they were carrying out building works for Cross rail.  

Near where I live in Hammersmith, one opened on King Street in around 1991/2, that is still there and another one opened opposite it more recently in the early 2000s.  They are both still there but no idea what is in them.

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On 2/15/2018 at 8:32 PM, wearecity said:

I was in Blackpool a month ago visiting a mate and only Coral Island was slightly busy. 

Re The Crystal Rooms I think it has become like the walk in casino at Coral Island.

Did 4 nights gambling in The Castle Genting Casino. Actually ended up by about £500. 

Haven't been to Blackpool for years, I think last time I was there was the late 1990s. Is Funland still there?  I remember one excellent arcade which was just beyond the pleasure beach entrance facing the seafront.  It was the mid 1990s and had all the old 80s machines in there including a row of two or three of the original space invaders games.  I don't imagine that is still there.

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10 hours ago, richardpen said:

Did any of you lot come across 'Family Leisure' in Victoria?  It was a couple of doors away from one of the District line exits.  Went there a lot between 1988 and 1992.  An awful place, crooked staff, people jumping the machines but it did not stop me going in there and either losing all my money or if I was having a good evening, would be in there until midnight.  It had a basement level with a load more machines and a pool table.  I'm sure the basement level would not have passed any kind of health and safety check.  With open planned wooden staircases to the basement level probably would have been a death trap had fire ever taken hold.

One of you mentioned Oxford Street, the only one I remember in OS was the one at the Tottenham Court Road end which was a Family Leisure but was much bigger and had more professional staff than the one in Victoria. 

I remember one on the Edgeware Road, it was near the District line station and was called 'The Winning Line'.  I have no idea if any of these central London arcades are still there.  I am guessing that the Oxford Street one would have been pulled down, if it was even still there, when they were carrying out building works for Cross rail.  

Near where I live in Hammersmith, one opened on King Street in around 1991/2, that is still there and another one opened opposite it more recently in the early 2000s.  They are both still there but no idea what is in them.

Yep went into that Family Leisure a few times at Victoria, my only fruit machine playing memories of that place was playing quite possibly the worse hi-tec MPU5 machine ever, Peep Show. I think that arcade still exists, will take a look at getting pictures if it does.

The arcade on Oxford Street, was the one at the Tottenham Court road end, my memory of playing in there was a Pure Madness machine. It was playing rubbish and I was just about to leave it, but this guy said don't go, put more in. I didn't know at the time, but when it started spinning in madness symbols during the madness feature, it meant eventually it was going to bring all 3 in and do a big streak, which it did, the next feature. I remember thanking the guys and giving him a fiver.

Then I used to cut through the back street, to the China Town arcades and The Crystal Rooms.

The Edgware Road one, I went to was about a 5 minute walk down from the tube station, in the marble arch direction. IIRC, it had 3-5 long width steps in the middle of the arcade to go down to another level, not a level underground, just another layer to the arcade if you like. It had about 20-25 machines top in there. This was the arcade I played the Circle Line fruit machine, which I'd love to see emulated.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5184208,-0.1677938,3a,75y,37.02h,86.58t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svsO6qYsfB_T1awrWXpmRKw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

10 hours ago, richardpen said:

Haven't been to Blackpool for years, I think last time I was there was the late 1990s. Is Funland still there?  I remember one excellent arcade which was just beyond the pleasure beach entrance facing the seafront.  It was the mid 1990s and had all the old 80s machines in there including a row of two or three of the original space invaders games.  I don't imagine that is still there.

The Funland arcade was there when I last went, don't know if it's the original or another arcade called Funland. As I say I only visit and first time I went for a day out wouldn't have been until the late 90's.

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5 hours ago, wearecity said:

Yep went into that Family Leisure a few times at Victoria, my only fruit machine playing memories of that place was playing quite possibly the worse hi-tec MPU5 machine ever, Peep Show. I think that arcade still exists, will take a look at getting pictures if it does.

The arcade on Oxford Street, was the one at the Tottenham Court road end, my memory of playing in there was a Pure Madness machine. It was playing rubbish and I was just about to leave it, but this guy said don't go, put more in. I didn't know at the time, but when it started spinning in madness symbols during the madness feature, it meant eventually it was going to bring all 3 in and do a big streak, which it did, the next feature. I remember thanking the guys and giving him a fiver.

Then I used to cut through the back street, to the China Town arcades and The Crystal Rooms.

The Edgware Road one, I went to was about a 5 minute walk down from the tube station, in the marble arch direction. IIRC, it had 3-5 long width steps in the middle of the arcade to go down to another level, not a level underground, just another layer to the arcade if you like. It had about 20-25 machines top in there. This was the arcade I played the Circle Line fruit machine, which I'd love to see emulated.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5184208,-0.1677938,3a,75y,37.02h,86.58t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svsO6qYsfB_T1awrWXpmRKw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

The Funland arcade was there when I last went, don't know if it's the original or another arcade called Funland. As I say I only visit and first time I went for a day out wouldn't have been until the late 90's.

Funland was owned jointly with Coral Island by the then Noble brothers.

Not anymore!

It still exists but it is a far cry from the glammer and glitz it was back in the late 90's-The same carpets remain,as does the dire run down furnishings and furniture!

The slots are pretty much the same and the arcade as gone from clean to grubby with many slots not only outdated but poorly maintained.!!

It also had a cracking cafe in the late 90's and this as remained disused and abandoned some 10 years plus,this brought life and revenue to the arcade yet the present manager does not see it's potential-crazy!

I live around 8 mile from Blackpool and last week was the kids half term hols and to say the place was quiet was an understatement. Arcades were closed as were shops too,real sad to see.

If any of you have planned trips to Blackpool re arcade playing,make it quick as I can see many more arcades and shops going under this season.

And if you havn't seen Blackpool in near on 20 years then be prepared for a real shock if and when you do visit.

 

Real off topic here,but do any of the members live near to other coastal areas ,and if so have you seen big changes in terms of visitor numbers?

 

Jay

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