Arcades Decline, but Pinball Holds Its Own

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

National Pinball Museum National Pinball Museum (Aaron Henkin)

Brick and mortar arcades may be quickly becoming a thing of the past, but one game is holding its own.

Pinball, once banned for nearly 40 years in cities across the country, is experiencing a small renaissance despite the demise of its video game brethren. While arcades shutter their doors, unable to afford rents and repairs to machines, pinball enthusiasts are congregating in bars and at tournaments and keeping the sport alive.

Jon Ehrlich is a pinball machine collector and owner of Reciprocal Skateboards in Manhattan’s East Village.

Guests:

Jon Ehlrich

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

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