Breaking: Chinatown Fair Arcade May Close March 23

Posted on: February 20th, 2011 at 1:01 pm by

We are receiving reports that the sublimely seedy Chinatown Fair Arcade may close its doors in March.  Boogie reader Margot Wood just passed along a link to video gamer site Rip Ten, which claims store manager Henry Cen lost his lease on the Mott Street space, and will be moving out March 23.

[Photo Credit: Rip Ten]

This news is heartbreaking.  The decades-old Chinatown Fair was always a nice way to kill an hour or two in some mindless arcade pursuits.  Although we never really dabbled too much in the dancing or fighter games, each visit was a great experience.  Despite the musty atmosphere and constant smell of body odor. The 8 Mott arcade will be sorely missed if this news proves true. Looks like we need to finish off our collection of tokens…

And check out this video about the difficulty in making money on arcades:

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