Arcadia- America's Playable Arcade Museum

by Camellia Staab May. 08, 2019 398 views

In a little town called Mclean, Illinois, approximately 50 minutes drive north of Springfield, one can find an old fashioned arcade emporium. John Yates, the founder, first started collecting arcade games in 1986. By 2009 he had one of the largest collections around. He decided to devote his professional life to building an unrivaled arcade attraction in McLean, Illinois a town with approximately 793 residence.

There are approximately 100 arcade games that can be played and over 40 pinball machines. There are two buildings housing these machines and right now John Yates is in the process of opening up an underground “game dungeon” that will house many of the “spooky” themed games in his collection.

This is designed to be a Family attraction. It is safe, clean, and affordable. Games are priced the way they were when first released, so over half of the games are still 25 cents, and the rest are 50 cents or 3 plays for $1. Nothing over 50 cents.

There is no admission fee and the place is open Friday-Sunday, unless one calls ahead and make a reservation for a party or as in our case for a camera club meet-up. ( https://www.vintagevideogames.com/ )

Last night was our night to get those cameras out and shoot away.

The hardest part of this shoot was trying to get rid of the glare. But boy what a fun, fun place to be. By the way that jukebox, the Wurlitzer, sure sounds great!

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 6 months ago

ok adding this place to the have to see list, you have some awesome captures and the colors are outstanding... well done, now save your quarters from when I visit

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Russell Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

Only thing missing is the haze of smoke and teens hanging out looking cool or thinking they are. I love this series

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

The teens of yesterday are the adults of today, who are hanging out there now smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

lol so true.

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David Swatton 1 year, 6 months ago

Looks like a laugh smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to David Swatton 1 year, 6 months ago

It is smile

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Piotr Matura 1 year, 6 months ago

What a place, I could probably spend whole day trying all this machines, and then second one making photos :)
Great story and photos, thank you for sharing!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Piotr Matura 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you Piotr, definitely a place worth experiencing smile

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