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New Pinball museum opened in Ramsgate

PostPosted: 26 May 2009, 18:23
by porf
From the BBC news site ( which also has a video

Two pinball enthusiasts have opened a museum in a Kent seaside town where visitors can try out machines from pinball's golden age.

Co-owners Peter Heath and Geoff Harvey said the Pinball Parlour in Ramsgate featured more than 30 machines all of which were "totally playable".

The pair, who worked together for many years restoring pinball machines, said there were some very rare examples.

Mr Heath said he thought the museum was the first of its kind in the country.

'Something special'

He hoped the new museum would be the start of "something special", he added.

"As far as we can work out, this is the first museum of its kind in the country, although all the machines here are totally playable, not being kept in glass cases."

The museum features a range of machines dating from pinball's heyday right through the 50s, 60s and 70s to today's more sophisticated machines.

The site, which used to be an antiques shop, was a base for Mr Harvey and Mr Heath's pinball repair and restoration business for many years.

But when the shop closed, they decided to buy the premises and transform the store into the Pinball Parlour.

Mr Heath and Mr Harvey said they planned to hire out the museum for birthday parties and special events.

Puts my couple of machines to shame!

I think this may be the guys that ran the pinball show in the Winter Gardens a couple of years back - shame that ended as it made quite a nice day out.

Looks like a trip to Ramsgate soon then as it looks great - although a fair bit smaller than the one I was lucky enough to visit a year or so ago in Vegas(

PostPosted: 26 Aug 2009, 10:41
by porf
We finally got to visit "The Pinball Parlour" whilst visting Thanet for the Dippers and Dunkers weekend.

The place is very well set out and the machines well priced (4 Pinball games for a pound or 10 goes on the older penny machines for a pound). We were made to feel very welcome and the staff are always on hand in case of any problems with the machines.

Favourite tables had to be Fireball, Star Wars and the Oribter 1 along with some of the ten pin bowling games.

Well worth a visit if you're in the area -