Sharing Memories of Chinatown Fair Arcade

Posted on: March 2nd, 2011 at 6:49 am by

The tremendous outpouring of emotion in the wake of Chinatown Fair’s closure Saturday night is simultaneously astounding and depressing.  Readers from all corners of the internets have shared personal memories of the arcade and its importance in their lives.  We felt it necessary to share a selection of entries here. The Doors’ “The End” should be playing in the background…


I even remember the original Chinatown Fair which was across the street before this one. From the old games of pinball and whatchamacallit, where you roll the rubber spaldings down a lane and it landed on a bunch of numbers. Oh yeah, and there was the huge Dragon in the back where once your quarter was deposited, a window opened up and you can see a mechanical dragon come to life.

Vegasclaw on YouTube:

this is like seeing your girlfriend moving out of the house =(


So sad…Chinatown Fair went way back for me back in the 70s when they had a kiddie section in the back with a mini ferris wheel type thing, and pinball machines. I always walked past the tic-tac-toe chicken and the dancing chicken. Then it was the 80s and after a visit to the infamous Dr. Lyons – they had pac-man, centipede, donkey kong. I feel like a lost a piece of my childhood hearing this news.


RIP Chinatown Fair… You were my sanctum when I was a child, a safe house, a boys dream that unraveled my inspirations and creativity. Where I built athleticism and cunningness when I ran away from the quincy police. You will forever be remembered *bows*

IEOA on YouTube:

Difference in culture maybe [between Japan & US]… plus most of the prominent arcade companies today like Sega, Namco, Taito are all Japanese and they manage to attract a variety of demographics. Also plenty of the classic retro arcade games & cabinets were made by Japanese companies like Konami, Atari, Capcom, SNK etc.

By the way, the arcade culture in Japan is not really succeeding as it is very slowly declining as well. Every year several arcades close. Just recently GamersVision closed down…

DEATHCON208 on YouTube

So many coins had to be under the machines.

Meanwhile, perhaps most fitting of all, is the felt-tip inscription on the shuttered security gate of 8 Mott Street – “Rest in peace, CF. We love you.”

And, relive the nightmare…

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