The Pinball Palace  
About History PinLED Shop Electronic New Machines Links Contact Us
  PINBALL MACHINES FROM THE 1950's, 60's, 70's & 80's

Many people have played pinball machines at some time in their life, in the local café or bar, or in one or more of the many amusements parks in England.

Sadly the amusement parks closed one by one in the seventies, with the availability of cheap holidays abroad, filtering away a large amount of summer visitors.

On closing down, the problem of disposing of all the unwanted equipment was solved by breaking up and usually burning the games. All that remained was the amusement arcades.

Amusement arcades have to replace their equipment on a regular basis , due to the change of trends, and technology. Pinball machines which were once an electro mechanical version of a bagatelle game, suddenly changed to high-tech computer assisted games.

Some of the worlds leading designers and builders of pinball machines were Bally , Williams (later became one) Gottlieb, Stern, Chicago coin. These were the main manufacturers. Once again the decline in demand has led to the demise of all of these, except Stern.

Could it be that the makers took the technology too far, and the player had a lot less too do with the action than the original games.

As is usually the case, now that the machines are rapidly vanishing (both old and new) people have decided that computer games on a television set, lack the appeal of a pinball machine, and suddenly the interest is returning.

The pinball palace is constantly searching out machines, both working and non-working, to add to the collection. Sometimes machines are duplicated, or space is required, and machines are sold. Also some pinballs, are workshopped and sold on behalf of fellow pinball collectors. All pinballs are sold in full working order, our reputation is valuable, and customer satisfaction paramount. No machine is delivered without being fully tested.


"Pinball Extravaganza 2005"



© The Pinball Palace 2008