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Re(1):Chinatown Fair - The Lost Arcade
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[QUOTE] This one is for Prof. and all others who've lived in or remember New York and its legendary Chinatown Fair arcade. There were about five threads where this could go, but I decided that taxidermy wasn't my strong suit and entrust it to the Gods of Random Thread. [b] MAOUBLOGGING VOL. 3223: LET'S ALL WATCH "THE LOST ARCADE"[/b] I just saw [URL=https://www.facebook.com/ArcadeMovie/]The Lost Arcade[/URL], which chronicles the community and final days of the Chinatown Fair arcade. It benefits from the fact that the directors weren't associated with the scene but followed it like anthropologists because they found it interesting. This resulted in a film that I think anyone can enjoy: colorful characters like "Mahvel Baby" Yipes and the famed Marvel 2 scene are there briefly, and while this would have been a fun focus, instead it's really about the sense of community, respect, and play that brought people together...and it's a better film. [/URL][/b][/s][/i][color=660000]-- Message too long, Autoquote has been Snipped --[/color][/QUOTE] AH CHINATOWN FAIR! The dumping ground of our youth!! I have fond memories of the arcade which makes me facepalm the way that I was spending my days, but it was fun times. The chicken in the tic-tac-toe machine near the doorway, the money exchange guy that looked like a Shoko Asahara... ahh it's all coming back to me. Oddly enough I can't recall any locals during my time there who turned pro, so I guess I'm a generation older or something. I wonder if the film has some footage of the other arcades that were in NY, namely Playland in Times Square and the other location there which I forgot the name ([URL=http://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/10/nyregion/woman-is-raped-in-bathroom-at-arcade-near-times-square.html]no, not XS[/URL]), it was right near an athletics gym. Those were just as good arcades although Chinatown fair was the only one to survive the mayor's cleansing of the city. I played the most Neogeo at Playland... I still recall the 3-in-1 bowling game cabinet right next to it which constantly yelled "POWER STRIKE!". It was annoying, and now it's fond memories. It was Bally Midway Tri-Sports. This film seems nice! I'd love to check it out when it becomes more accessible. Thanks for sharing!
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