Advertisement
  1. Fun

Pinball Arcade Museum opening in St. Petersburg next month

St. Petersburg’s Pinball Arcade Museum is set to open Aug. 1 in the Grand Central District. [Courtesy of Pinball Arcade Museum]
Published Jul. 8

Click here to read this story in Spanish

An interactive pinball museum opening Aug. 1 will add 2,000 square feet of playable pinball machines and arcade cabinets to the growing slate of entertainment options in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District.

The Pinball Arcade Museum is located at 2313 Central Ave., across the street from the Dog Bar and next door to the recently opened Mouse Trap escape room. On the other side of the museum is the soon-to-open Calabash Jamaican restaurant.

The museum will charge a flat fee of $15 for unlimited play on the nearly 60 machines, mostly arcade hits from the 1980s and '90s. Those who purchase a one-day bracelet can leave and re-enter throughout the day. The museum also plans to eventually offer monthly memberships with unlimited play.

The nonprofit museum is owned by Andy Kline, founder and operator of the Odessa Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary, which is home to more than 300 rescued animals. Proceeds from the arcade will go to support the sanctuary and other local charities, general manager Karen Ann Holland said.

The arcade machines come from Kline's private collection amassed over the last four decades, Holland said, but were going primarily unused. She estimated that what's on site at the museum represents about a quarter of the owner's entire collection.

"They were just sitting in a warehouse, and it was like, 'It's time to do something with them'," Holland said. "People are really excited, and we're excited to contribute to the development of the Grand Central community and to give something back."

Among the playable video games are Ms. Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and NFL Blitz. The pinball machines include The Addams Family, World Cup Soccer, South Park and Dirty Harry.

The Pinball Arcade Museum aims to host tournaments with prizes and other special events, and will be available to rent for private parties.

RELATED: 13 arcade bars and other places to play video games in Tampa Bay

Contact Christopher Spata at cspata@tampabay.com. Follow @SpataTimes.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Dressed in their holiday finest, the Seven Dwarfs parade down Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom during "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade." Walt Disney World
    Christmas is looking classier as two Disney parks get a holiday makeover this year.
  2. USF student Gabriela Young is the owner of Earth and Ivory, an online jewelry business with items made out of clay.  [Special to the Times | Sarah Foster] SARAH FOSTER  |  Special to the Times | @sarahtheartiste
    Gabriela Young went from selling bracelets to friends to making clay wares for customers with her business, Earth and Ivory.
  3. Third Eye Blind will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Thursday. Courtesy of Danny Nolan
    Jannus Live welcomes a performance by Third Eye Blind, watch ‘Signature Move’ in Gulfport and the Gallery at Creative Pinellas brings the Arts Annual.
  4. Kevin Smith, left, and Jason Mewes pose during an interview on Sept. 25 in Los Angeles to promote "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot." WILLY SANJUAN  |  Invision/AP
    A daylong music festival aims to preserve a Tampa landmark, Jay and Silent Bob visit Tampa Theatre and Christmas Town at Busch Gardens opens.
  5. Theo Tamborlane's oil on canvas, "City Scape XII," is one piece of art that will be shown during the Studio Waltz in Dunedin and Palm Harbor on Nov. 16. Theo Tamborlane
    Tour some art studios, gaze at the stars or cuddle puppies while you get a firefighter’s autograph.
  6. Pieces of jewelry by Cindi Samaha, who will be a featured artist at the Tampa Museum of Art's Holiday Shopping Event. Courtesy of Cindi Samaha
    Plus, the Dunedin Arts and Crafts Festival, Tampa Bay Holiday Market and Booze and Boutiques shop hop.
  7. Julie Andrews will appear in conversation at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday. Courtesy of Andrew Eccles
    Julie Andrews pays a visit to Ruth Eckerd Hall, a St. Petersburg pool hosts aqua yoga and Sustainable Buzz takes over the Tampa Riverwalk.
  8. On Tuesday, the Straz Center will host the Super Scientific Circus. Times
    The Super Scientific Circus visits the Straz, plus Titus Andronicus perform at Crowbar and Vintage Trouble at Ruth Eckerd.
  9. There will be numerous salutes to the military today and Monday for Veterans Day.
    Veterans Day, Julie Andrews talks about her practically perfect career and country stars line up for Q-105′s Guitar Pull.
  10. Two Disney employees and a former middle school assistant principal are among the 17 accused of possessing and sharing child porn. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Polk County Sheriff’s Office charged more than 600 felony counts of child pornography possession to the 17.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement