Wonderland Arcade

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Wonderland Arcade

Post by mean » Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:48 pm

This is kinda cool, never knew it had existed: http://mashable.com/2015/10/21/early-ar ... v8HzqNPkql

Apparently it was a thing on the internet I missed a while back.

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Re: Wonderland Arcade

Post by bbqboy » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:45 pm

Wonderland was terrific. We used to ride Argentine Transit to DT and go there, see my friend's dad at the lathrop building, and eat at Frank Wachter grill. Loads of skee ball and pinball machines, + one of those booths you could cut a (Cheap) record. Photo machines too.

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Re: Wonderland Arcade

Post by WSPanic » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:02 pm

Great pictures. Kudos to the feds for hiring a skilled photographer to take their evidence pictures.

When did Wonderland close?

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Re: Wonderland Arcade

Post by flyingember » Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:49 am

Change the graphics and that could almost be the mid 1990s.

The best thing is the record your own record machine. Never knew such a thing existed but it makes sense that someone would have though it was a good idea. I'm sure it was quickly replaced when tape recorders went mainstream.

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Re: Wonderland Arcade

Post by kucer » Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:26 am

What were the stainless steel booths to the left of the pinball machines in 5th picture down?

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Re: Wonderland Arcade

Post by loftguy » Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:40 am

The stainless steel booths were miniature private movie theaters that showed peep reels. Short black and white soft-porn clips of a minute or so.

You had to be 18 to go into them. They would throw you out if you were a kid and you tried to watch one.

The place had a long history.

I have come across 1890's photography from an early studio at 12th & Grand, which their advertising stated was to be found in "The Arcade Building"

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