Aug 13th 2010 By Emerald Catron
Lawyers for the town Beacon, NY, found an old law on the books that said pinball machines are against the law. Now, they're using it to shut down a retro arcade museum
that has had a few too many noise complaints.
No pinball?! Oh GAWD, it's like "Footloose
" -- except we actually care about what's being banned.
Apparently pinball was outlawed in most of the country's major cities for a large chunk of the 20th century because politicians thought arcades were mafia-run rackets. And you thought Chuck E. Cheese
was just a guy in a mouse suit.
The mayor has said that he wants to help the arcade stay in business
, but, for now, since people are complaining and there's a law against it, there's nothing he can do to remedy the situation.
See video of the amazing vintage electro-mechanical machines at the arcade, as well as CNN
's incredibly overblown emotional portrayal of the situation after the jump