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Sparing a thought for the amusement arcade owners

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:11 am
by malcymal
In these difficult times of this god awful virus I'm really concerned about some of the small amusements out there who were just about turning a living running vintage coin ops in their arcades. I'm particularly worried about my local one in Beach Road Pagham. It was run by Dean and Joe and they've been in the business 50 years. Poor Joe passed away and his son Dean spent a lot of effort learning the ropes on how to keep his Ballys, Brencos, Streets and Cromptons going, plus the old pinballs and curious indoor bowling alley machines. I can't help thinking that even if the law is relaxed to allow customers to enter and play, the thought for customers handling coins isn't going to be on their agenda as amusement - virus lives fair old days on metal. I suppose they can provide sanitiser etc., but considerable costs when they are making small wages in what is a dying age. It's a great shame and my heart goes out to all the owners in the country. Anybody who is a member on here who is running a vintage arcade or knows somebody who is, do you have any information about when you can reopen and what steps, if any, you/they can take?
Kind regards Malc.

Re: Sparing a thought for the amusement arcade owners

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:39 am
by treefrog
Of course the irony is that if the social distance is reduced to 1m, which is about to happen, traditional arcades would actually be very safe and you would never need to wash your hands. In fact, people could sanitise their hands by playing a few machines. This is of course the basic that copper very quickly kills the virus, which is proven and old coinage had a high content. Of course now they have moved away from copper, not much good for modern coinage.

Not heard from Jerry, but he had mentioned on here this year may have been the last... Real shame if some of the season could not be gained. I am gutted as I was planning a mini tour road trip of traditional arcades this year...

Fingers crossed |/XX\|

Re: Sparing a thought for the amusement arcade owners

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:32 pm
by malcymal
With the paranoia surrounding handling money, paranoia in general where your local shops, Boots, Tesco etc. weren't taking any cash, only cards, I think for many the seed that handling coins/cash is damaging has been sown. I actually had to use a tenner this morning in Boots to pay for something - the horror on the assistant's face! I've been doing shopping runs for senior citizens in shielding who all pay with cash, so of course emptied my bank funds by having to use cards and stuck on a pile of their repaid dues in coin and notes. These shops of course have been wanting no cash payments for some time, part of their long term plan to do more staff out of jobs. Well, I hope the arcades might find a solution and your contact Jerry can have some of the season. Let's hope the damn public loos can open up too, so people can wash their hands off if they can't sanitize. I was curious on my walk this morning to see activity in the local bookmaker, staff were in there. I guess they will be putting perspex screens up for the god damn awful FOBT machines. Quite frankly, I'm sure many in the village are a lot better off for not being screwed over by Corals. I cross my fingers for the Jerry's of the world and other arcades too. Life wouldn't be the same without a day on a pier with some crap chips, a pint of flat beer, sugary doughnuts and 10 quids worth of 2p coins in the pushers to win a rubber pencil top.

Re: Sparing a thought for the amusement arcade owners

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:58 pm
by badpenny
malcymal wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:32 pm
.............for the Jerry's (sic) of the world ..........
# :o you mean there's more than one of him? :shock:

Re: Sparing a thought for the amusement arcade owners

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:54 am
by moonriver
Well, here's some good news, my old penny arcade re-opens on Monday.

Re: Sparing a thought for the amusement arcade owners

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:00 pm
by chris roadhog
Excellent news! Look forward to a catch up next time I'm out your way.

Re: Sparing a thought for the amusement arcade owners

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:01 pm
by badpenny
moonriver wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:54 am
well here's some good news, my old penny arcade re-opens on Monday
Super news, give yourself a plug!
Where?
Google Street View?
Inventory?

BP **xXx**

Re: Sparing a thought for the amusement arcade owners

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:09 pm
by brigham
moonriver wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:54 am
Well, here's some good news, my old penny arcade re-opens on Monday.
Thanks for the info.
I was just about to ask you when you would be back.
I didn't fancy making the journey just to find myself in a garden centre!

Re: Sparing a thought for the amusement arcade owners

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:23 pm
by ballymad
Swallow Amusements on the Isle of Wight is up for sale: £110,000 with machines. I live in hope he will sell me his medallist. :D

Re: Sparing a thought for the amusement arcade owners

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:09 pm
by malcymal
Is Swallow amusements the little one on Shanklin seafront, to the left of the cliff railway? I went there a few years back and played some great Bally four reelers, a Tooty Fruity and some old Brencos too. What a shame. Is there a link to the property anywhere with details, do they own the building or just the lease? Thanks Malc