New St. Pete Pinball Museum and Arcade announces opening date

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Calling all pinball wizards, there’s a new spot you need to visit in the Sunshine City. That’s right, Central Avenue is now home to a Pinball Museum and Arcade. Save your quarters, this arcade, run by resident pinball and animal enthusiast Andy Kline, is coin-free. Instead, visitors pay a small $12 fee at the door for a full day of play.

It officially opens on Thursday, August 1, but we couldn’t help but whet our appetite for vintage arcade magic.

This museum has been a long time coming for Kline. He’s worked in the coin-operated amusement industry for more than 40 years, according to the arcade’s Facebook page. The space, located at 2313 Central Avenue in the Grand Central District, is filled with machines from Kline’s personal collection.

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Arcade classics like Donkey Kong Jr., Stargate, and Ms. Pac Man can be spotted as soon as you walk through the front doors, according to a report by WTSP. You’ll also find machines based on pop culture icons like Jurassic Park and Tales from the Crypt ready to stir up all of your nostalgia.

This space is about more than just gaming. Kline’s arcade will serve as a nonprofit. WTSP reports that Kline plans to use the money from the museum to support Odessa Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary.

Hours: 11am-9pm, Tuesday through Thursday; 11am-11pm, Friday; 10am-11pm, Saturday; 10am-9pm Sunday. 

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