Game Machines in the Lobby

Circa 1981, here’s a photo of the Cinema Lobby with the game machines of the day.

I’m sure there’s a Pac Man there, and an Asteroids, as well as Donkey Kong. There were experts who were regulars, that knew the patterns on all these games, and would come in every day to play. There was a game called Defender, which was pretty hard, but I remember someone who could play it for hours on one quarter.

I’m sure there’s someone out there who remembers the red carpet, and the glass chandeliers in the Cinema Lobby. The photo is bright, but if you could see outside, you’d be looking out on the stairs that went up to the Jordan’s Basement Store, or the Roundup which was just outside the back exit from the theatre lobby.

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4 thoughts on “Game Machines in the Lobby

  1. eddy l says:

    this photo cant be 1978 pac man and donkey kong did not come out untill 1981-1982

  2. Dave says:

    Thanks for the information. You’re correct about the years.

  3. Kerry says:

    I remember the carpet and the video games. Boy do my husband and I miss Shoppers World. I wish I could bring my own children for a ride on the train or to play in the sand, or to slide down the escalator in the Basement!

  4. TSQ75 says:

    i fed so many quarters in these machines,and then go to fun and games to spend some more.i loved all the weirdo games like bag man, q-bert,tapper,moon crest,and so on.i also remember some freaky one offs over at corfu pizza.

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