Location: 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas NV 89119, USA.
It's been three years since we last visited the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. On his tour of the US, our roving reporter John visited Las Vegas and had to call in to see it for himself. Here's what he found.
In September 2012, we visited the Las Vegas as the last but one stop on our trip to the USA.
We took the bus #201 to the Pinball Hall of Fame (PHoF) one sunny afternoon.
The total number of pinballs was around 200. It was absolutely amazing, since I had never seen so many pinballs in one location. Most importantly, they were kept in very good condition.
I saw many of my favourite vintage E-M & S-S pinballs there, and this brought back a lot of memories from my childhood.
They were The Amazing Spider-Man, Big Hit, El Dorado, Golden Arrow, High Hand, Quick Draw, Jacks Open, King Pin, Kiss and Star Trek.
Hey! It's not difficult to guess my age, is it ? (^o^)
As for the newest solid-state pinballs, I only tried a few, such as 24, X-Men and Harley Davidson. In fact, I love older pinballs (1970-1990) more than the newer ones (post- 2000).
I wanted to approach Tim Arnold – the owner of PHoF - a couple of times, but I was not successful because he was fully occupied by other people. Finally, I reached him around 9pm when he was seriously repairing a pinball.
According to Tim, the PHoF is non-profit making, and it also made regular donations to local charities. I was touched by his passion for pinball and his charity, although he looked quite cold and was not all that talkative.
I had stayed in PHoF until 10:30pm when I was pulled out from the museum by my wife. I It was then I realised I had not had my dinner. Finally, we had hamburgers in a nearby 7-Eleven before going back to our hotel; the Excalibur.
In addition to PHoF, we also visited several casinos in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.
Although I don’t like gambling, I still feel Las Vegas is very good place for visitors.
© Pinball News 2012