Location: 732 11th Avenue South, Hopkins, Minnesota, USA.
SS Billiards in Hopkins, MN is one of the oldest continuing operating arcades in the United States. From the website, the arcade “has been serving the Twin Cities for over 30 years” and hosts “the Twin Cities largest collection of publicly playable pinball machines”.
Lloyd Olson (with his faithful canine companion Prada) run, manage, and own SS Billiards.
Few may remember this as the outside of SS Billiards:
More of you may remember this as the outside of SS Billiards:
Now all of you, my kind readers, may know this as the present-day inside of SS Billiards.
So why I’m I taxing your memories? It seems only fair; as I have to flex my brain remembering the details of the crowd-funded refresh of this pinball mecca. The one, the only, the old, the very old, SS Billiards.
Kris Lillemo conceived of and ran the fund-raiser which set out to raise $8,500. After just two months approximately $15,000 had been raised by around 160 people. The page read, “A time to honor and support an original Pinball icon. A refresh or some may say a re-launch (LTG) of the longest continuous running arcade in Minnesota.”
Get in your time machine and mark your Google calendars for October 20th, 2014. Or, just settle down and enjoy this post-review. For those of you with time machines, you may want to take an extended trip, because this is what Lloyd's looked like back in 1973.
For the rest of us, here’s what and when it all went down. So get gussied up!
This is what you readers most probably care about, the current lineup of pinball machines.
But first… I’ll build suspense by arcing around and zooming in.
This is Lloyd's front row of machines.
Let’s not forget this special machine, standing stately in its designated spot.
Meanwhile, near the change counter we have.
Near the back we have two rarities under neon light.
At the back we have this impressive line-up.
Panning along the row we have:
With an eclectic line up of well-maintained pinball machines, it's no wonder SS Billiards is the best place to play pinball in Minnesota. In fact, SS Billiards is a worldwide destination for serious pinball fanboys and fangirls.
Of course you could also enjoy playing billiards, or giving Prada a tummy rub, or chatting with Lloyd.
Or you could have Lloyd show you his credentials.
You can see more from inside SS Billiards in this Fox 9 News report:
For your Doctors who time travel, I hope to Houston that you’ve had no problem opening your fuel cell e-valves on the precious tritium which is the fuel that makes your machines go, after charging up your flux capacitors to jumping gigawatts, and rejoining us now; he wrote mimetically and paradoxically.
Bye-the-by, I noticed that you exceeded the speed of light limit as you made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. But, I’m so glad you’re back home with me after pushing that curious button; to read more Pinball News articles.
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