New Year’s Pinball at Pinball Forever!

When you need a break from football, come join us for New Year’s Pinball at Pinball Forever (family owned, 2 blocks from Crevier BMW in Santa Ana, CA)! We have a session on New Years Eve afternoon from 2-5 PM, then from January 1 through Sunday, January 5, 2014, we’re open for two sessions a day: 3-6 PM and 7-10 PM. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/478267

If you haven’t visited, our VIP tour includes our 30’s and 40’s rooms where our small tour groups see and play historic pinballs together from the earliest era to the first flipper pinball…which is a lot of fun! You’ll see how each new invention transformed the game.

All visitors have a pay-one-price, unlimited play ticket for around 50 pinball machines from the 50’s through the 80’s (with a few newer games as well). The games here were chosen to illustrate key historical aspects of pinball’s evolution—especially the fun parts!–as well as exceptional art from each era…so anyone interested in those aspects of pinball will find much to enjoy.

Can’t wait to see you here!

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/478267

Fall Pinball at Pinball Forever!


It’s time for Fall Pinball at Pinball Forever (family owned, 2 blocks from Crevier BMW in Santa Ana, CA)! Through Saturday, October 26, 2013, we’re open Friday-Saturday 7-10 PM. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/478267

If you haven’t visited, our VIP tour includes our 30’s and 40’s rooms where our small tour groups see and play historic pinballs together from the earliest era to the first flipper pinball…which is a lot more fun than you might think! You’ll see how each new invention transformed the game.

All visitors have a pay-one-price, unlimited play ticket for the 50+ games from the 50’s through the 80’s (with a few newer games as well). The games here were chosen to illustrate key historical aspects of pinball’s evolution—especially the fun parts!–as well as exceptional art from each era…so anyone interested in those aspects of pinball will find much to enjoy.

Can’t wait to see you here!

Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/478267

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Celebrating Dads (and those who’ve been like Dads) at Pinball Forever!

Pinball Forever would not exist if it wasn’t for my Dad. I was blessed growing up to have a father who always had the time to answer my questions, was supportive of my dreams, and always showed patience and persistence in solving problems…and that cannot be overvalued at Pinball Forever! I’m very thankful he is in my life.

We’ll be open on Father’s day (June 16, 2013) for three sessions, 1-3:30 PM, 4-6:30 PM, and 7:9:30 PM.  Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/402893

From our family to yours, thanks for all of your support!

the pursuit of Happiness

Amusement Pinballs logo from 1950s Gottlieb Pinballs

Christmastime, Youngstown, Ohio, 1930.  Carpenter Arthur Paulin finds a dusty old bagatelle game in his barn, and decides to make a nice one for his daughter for Christmas…his talent, nails and wood were what he had on hand in the deepening Depression.   His daughter, and her friends, loved it…so he took it to the local radio shop owner, Myrl Park, to see if he would sell copies of the game to the public.  Park knew people couldn’t afford to buy the game, but suggested Paulin find a way to add a coin mechanism, as people might be able to afford to play the game.  Paulin’s friend, Earl Froom, came up with a coin device…and the three worked together to create the first automatic, coin operated pinball machine.

They put it in a general store, and in one hour, the game made $2.60…a nickel at a time…in the depths of the Depression.  The American pinball industry was born–and over the next fifty years, would grow and thrive to provide joy in arcades throughout the country…and to export games throughout the world.

Join us at Pinball Forever, and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that has helped make this country great!

Happy Independence Day!
Dave, Heather, and Rachel