Largest Collection of Pinballs

Museum opens doors to largest collection of pinball, arcade games for one weekend only.

or kids of a certain age — say, 35 and up — it’s the stuff dreams are made of: more than 900 vintage pinball and arcade games, with almost no duplicates among them.

Although many of these machines once sucked quarters out of pockets at a dizzying pace — Dragon’s Lair alone likely drained more piggy banks of allowance money than anything else in 1983 — they’ll all be available to play for a single price this weekend at the Museum of Pinball in Banning.

And they all belong to one man.

“A lot of people go ‘I don’t want you to touch my machine,’ but I want to share,” said museum founder John Weeks.

His collection of about 600 pinball and 300 arcade machines include games dating back to 1855, although most were built between 1961 and 2015. Weeks was an arcade owner in the 1980s before switching over to the mail-order business. He sold all the games he originally owned but started buying them again in the 1990s.

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