New Strip Location of Pinball Hall of Fame in Jeopardy Due to Pandemic

A beloved attraction in Las Vegas, the Pinball Hall of Fame, has hit a financial snag in its plans for a new Strip location due to the pandemic.

Pinball Hall of Fame is asking for financial assistance, via a GoFundMe page, so construction of its new building can be completed.

Pinball Hall of Fame Vegas

We can’t let these pinball machines become homeless.

The new Pinball Hall of Fame will be located at 4915 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, not far from the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.

The project to construct a new home for the Pinball Hall of Fame was underway prior to COVID-19. Financial projections were turned upside down due to a dramatic decrease in Las Vegas
visitors.

Fewer visitors has meant fewer quarters in the pinball machines, resulting in a $500,000 loss of revenue.

While the new Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame building is 96% complete, there’s a chance the revenue shortfall could result in the attraction being without a home.

According to Tim Arnold, there’s a very real possibility the Hall of Fame will be given the boot from its current Tropicana location on May 6, 2021. If construction of the new building
isn’t completed, it will leave the Pinball Hall of Fame in limbo with an uncertain future. Which may be the definition of “limbo.” Please stop scrutinizing every word we write, it’s a lot of pressure.

“We can’t cut staff costs, as we are all volunteers,” says Arnold. “We have sold off dozens of donated machines and have limited new machine purchases to a minimum, just enough to keep our local customers coming back.”

Tim Arnold Pinball Hall of Fame

Tim Arnold is trying to bring us magic. The pandemic isn’t helping.

Fans of the Pinball Hall of Fame have risen to the occasion, donating $82,000 of the $200,000 needed to complete the project, but the 27,000-square-foot attraction isn’t out of the woods
yet.

Throughout the financial struggles, Tim Arnold has managed to keep his sense of humor.

In a video to pinball fans and supporters, he says, “Tell your friends, link and share and whatever you kids do with those computer things you have.”

Here’s a look at the lovable pinball nerd leading the charge for the new Pinball Hall of Fame.

The Pinball Hall of Fame originally opened in 2009. The attraction currently has about 250 vintage pinball machines, not just for display but also for play. The new location will have more than 700 pinball machines and arcade games.

Many of the games slated for the new location have been in storage for 30 years.

Riviera pinball machines

Fun fact: The Pinball Hall of Fame once had an “annex” at the Riviera.

As Arnold mentioned, the Pinball Hall of Fame is staffed entirely by volunteers, and as a non-profit organization, the museum often donates proceeds to charity, including the Salvation Army.

Here’s how the new Pinball Hall of Fame looked the last time we stopped by.

We talked with Tim Arnold on our podcast.

We caught up with Arnold again recently to learn more about the attraction’s financial challenges.

Let’s see if we can help flip this situation and help save the Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame. We donated $50 and it takes a lot for us to part with funds that might otherwise have gone into a Wheel of Fortune machine.

Take a listen to our chat with Tim Arnold about the precarious predicament the Pinball Hall of Fame finds itself in.

5 thoughts on “New Strip Location of Pinball Hall of Fame in Jeopardy Due to Pandemic

  1. Editor

    I know we are in a Pandemic right now and for many folks, money is tight. I’m sure they will appreciate any amount you can give. They are a non-profit, so your donations are tax deductible.

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  2. Mark A. Erichson

    Thank you for the news and for the link to gofundme, Scott.

    I loved the Pinball Museum in its old location. Concrete walls, concrete floor, zero decor, dismantled parts hanging out on the counter and piled up against the room, and Tim was a bit brusque. It was charming!

    I hope people will donate. Tim has put so much time, thought, energy, and money into creating this museum. And… No entrance fee. Just all the quarters you want to spend! The Pinball Museum deserves a place on the Strip!

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  3. Max_Bet

    Corporate employees please take advantage of your employer’s matching gifts program.
    Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club is official name of non-profit running PHOF, I was able
    to directly donate to them through corporate website.
    My $180 donation turns into $360 with match!

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  4. Stig O'Hara

    I drop a couple of Gs gambling every time I visit Vegas not to mention meals and entertainment, flights and hotel. I think I can chip in a couple of bucks.

    Thanks for drawing attention to their plight.

    Reply

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