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Since when were 80's arcades so bright? Or was that just the flash going off on the camera?
I remember tech noir lighting being the order of the day :)



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Some flash to be able to do that, but yes, the default for most arcades was darkness, and uv lights.  

This arcade was a bit different since the light used to pour in from the doors.  You used have to go to the back, past the fruities in the middle, to where they put the pinball machines for it to get darker, although not that much darker thanks to the industrial grade fluorescent tubes.   In the far left corner there used to be some skee ball machines, and all the vids were at the front half of the arcade (mostly out view on the inside photo, but clearly visible from the outside photo).  


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Originally posted by superpacman1972 superpacman1972 wrote:

Some flash to be able to do that, but yes, the default for most arcades was darkness, and uv lights.  

This arcade was a bit different since the light used to pour in from the doors.  You used have to go to the back, past the fruities in the middle, to where they put the pinball machines for it to get darker, although not that much darker thanks to the industrial grade fluorescent tubes.   In the far left corner there used to be some skee ball machines, and all the vids were at the front half of the arcade (mostly out view on the inside photo, but clearly visible from the outside photo).  

Hah crazy to see these pics. I grew up in those arcades from about 86 onwards and I can recognise the layout still from that. I can see the change booth at the back and yeah remember it being videos down the front and fruities at the back. I do remember the bit where the photo was taken being quite bright yeah, most of the arcade was. The darkest part was to the left of the change booth through that archway. All three of the arcades were pretty bright due to the direction they faced.

After I finished school. I ended up working there in the change booth for a couple of years. That was around the Sega Rally 2/Star Wars Trilogy era. Which was pretty much the end of Videogames in those arcades in particular. I found it funny when I visited them a few years ago and Sega Rally 2 and Star Wars were still up and running!
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Some pictures of central London's arcades, nabbed these off of a architectural firm's website who did the decor for a lot arcades there... unfortunately none of Casino and Namco Wonderpark but still. Try and spot which of these are later pictures from the vid-to ticket game ratio....



















When I said no pictures of Namco Wonderpark, I was wrong, here's some scans of a feature on it in Computer and Video Games...





And another, this I got off of the internet archive's saved links of the old Trocadero website...




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I've just uploaded some videos of 1960s British arcades, Blackpool trade shows and pusher factory floor - from Jim Crompton's (MD of Cromptons, inventor of the penny pusher) cine collection. Jim's daughter, Diane, loaned me his tapes and I went through about seven hours to extract these rarely seen images.

Diane asked me to share the videos so that some of the industry insiders can help identify the characters - one question is whether that gold Rolls Royce belongs to Billy Butlin. This is all part of the industry side of the Arcade Tales project I'm working on (and finally getting stuck into the writing on).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the videos:

Blackpool arcade trade show - mid 1960s

1960s Blackpool trade show 2

Pleasurama arcade Ramsgate and arcade trade show:

Broadstairs arcade and Cromptons factory opening:

1960s Blackpool arcade in the daytime:

1960s Cromptons exporting to Belgium, trade show?

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Two more:

The proper opening of the factory:

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Building pushers in the factory:
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Fascinating stuff Alan. Thumbs Up
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