Pinball is experiencing a NATIONAL COMEBACK! Help us take the game (or sport) to an even wider audience thru the Museum of Pinball. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 8, 2013.
About this project
Launch the Museum of Pinball - Back This Project!
Long before video games found their way into the home, arcades across America were filled with the lights and sounds of mechanical pinball machines and the young people who were enamored by them. These machines are now finding their way back into the spotlight in barcades, private collections, and professional pinball tournaments.
Pinball doesn’t need to be SAVED – it needs to be SAVORED!
We know YOU ARE GENEROUS and you'll want to be part of this historic opportunity. Before you CHOOSE A REWARD to the right, let us tell you a bit more about the project.
Why a Museum of Pinball?
- Pinball is experiencing a massive comeback.
- We want young people to experience the excitement of an electronic game that doesn't just appear on a screen.
- We want people who grew up playing pinball to rediscover their passion for the game...or what we like to call a "sport."
- We want to help bring competitive pinball tournaments into the spotlight.
- We want to preserve the amazing history of the game.
- Ultimately, we just want more people to fall in love with pinball.
We know you want to be part of this project, but don't contribute quite yet!
There's still more to learn. KEEP READING.
Tour Our 18 Acre Pinball Campus!
Located a little over an hour from Los Angeles and Orange County and 20 minutes from Palm Springs, California, the Museum of Pinball is a non-profit organization with a campus that includes...
- 18 acres just a few miles from the Morongo Casino & Resort and Cabazon Outlets with thousands of visitors and tourists flooding the area each day.
- 40,000 square feet designated for the first phase of the Museum of Pinball and another 87,000 square feet we've already leased to a local business (which we hope to expand to in the future with more pinball and arcade games).
- Over 500 pinball machines (both vintage and modern).
- 5 acres of mature trees where we plan to develop a retro trailer hotel with 20 refurbished, vintage recreational vehicles - each decorated uniquely. (This is part of the 2nd phase of our plan.)
What Will Your Contribution Help Us Do?
To launch the Museum of Pinball, we need $150,000 to renovate the 40,000 square foot facility that will include a massive arcade with over 500 vintage and modern pinball machines from our private collection, a refreshment area to serve food and beverages, and an interactive exhibit of historic memorabilia.
MINIMUM GOAL TO OPEN - FOR $150,000, WE CAN:
- Paint interior and exterior of the museum where needed.
- Reconfigure the HVAC system (heat and air) to ensure the pinball machines are protected and museum visitors are comfortable.
- Rewire electricity throughout the facility to allow for proper outlet spacing throughout the 40,000 square feet for over 500 pinball machines.
- Install basic exhibit areas for historical memorabilia.
- Acquire and configure software system to manage the museum's infrastructure.
- Purchase basic items such as seating, tables, and signage throughout the facility.
BIG STRETCH GOAL - FOR $250,000, WE CAN ALSO:
- Install high-quality flooring that is conducive to high-traffic, public facilities.
- Build a refreshment area to serve beverages and food to museum visitors.
BIGGER STRETCH GOAL - FOR $300,000, WE CAN ALSO:
- Create a welcome center for museum guests to visit when they arrive.
- Install expanded exhibit areas for historical memorabilia.
BIGGEST STRETCH GOAL - FOR $400,000, WE CAN ALSO:
- Upgrade the HVAC system to a modern, energy-efficient system.
Are you ready to BE GENEROUS and contribute?
Go right ahead and click BACK THIS PROJECT (upper right).
Why Do We Need $150,000?
Over the past 20 years, John Weeks (Founder of the Museum of Pinball) has started several successful, large businesses and simultaneously collected over 500 vintage and modern games. After owning three arcades in the late 1970's to early 80's, it has been his LIFE-LONG DREAM to create a facility where young and old alike could enjoy these nostalgic games. When he came across the property in southern California, he leveraged all his financial resources to purchase the facility.
In other words, HE'S ALL IN!
As a non-profit organization, we have the 18 acre campus, 40,000 square foot facility, and over 500 vintage and modern games, but we don't have the $150,000 that's needed to renovate the space.
That's why WE NEED YOUR HELP!
If you have questions, keep reading. BUT, if you're ready to contribute, go ahead and click BACK THIS PROJECT (upper right) and CHOOSE A REWARD to the right.
What's Unique About the Museum of Pinball?
- We are a non-profit. We're in this for the love of the game first and foremost.
- We own the property. Therefore, we don't have a lease that will threaten our financial stability.
- We have room to expand. We envision all 127,000 square feet full of nostalgic games and the 5 acre park full of vintage RVs.
- We will be open every week. While some other pinball facilities or local events limit their availability to just a few times a year, we will be open every week - Friday-Sunday with regular hours and Monday-Thursday for special events.
- We are near a destination location. With the Morongo Casino & Restort and the Cabazon Outlets within a few miles of our campus.
- We are close to six major airports including the Palm Springs International Airport (only 28 miles away).
- Our pinball collection is remarkable. Not only do we have over 500 machines, but many are rare and highly collectible.
- Our founder is a seasoned businessman. John Weeks knows how to build something from the ground up having been successful in launching both Internet and bricks & mortar businesses.
What are you waiting for? There are some great rewards waiting for you if you contribute now! Click BACK THIS PROJECT (upper right) and BE GENEROUS!
When Will the Museum of Pinball Open?
If we reach our goal of $150,000 through this Kickstarter campaign, we can be open by late January 2014. If we don't reach our goal within the 30 day window, your credit card won't be charged, and we don't get any of the money you pledge...and we're not sure when we'll be able to open. (Frankly, let's not think about that.)
What's In It For You? REWARDS!!!!
We know you believe in this project, but we also know that it's fun to receive a "thank you" gift for contributing. Not only will you have the satisfaction in knowing that you played a major role in launching a world-class Museum of Pinball, but we have some amazing rewards for your contribution. Check out the list to the right or scroll down for visuals!
NOW is the Time to Contribute!
We are convinced that the Museum will be an amazing venue for anyone and everyone to fall in love with pinball. We're also convinced that you want to help us launch the world's largest Museum of Pinball.
Click BACK THIS PROJECT (upper right)
and CHOOSE A REWARD on the right
that best fits your ability to contribute.
IMPORTANT: If we don't make our entire goal of $150,000 within the 30 day window on Kickstarter, your credit card won't be charged, and we won't receive a dime of the contribution. That's why it's super-important for us to surpass the goal. Spread the word to your friends!
If you have any questions regarding our Kickstarter campaign, read this page and the FAQs. If you don't see your question answered here, feel free to contact us. We're happy to help in any way!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you interested in corporate sponsorship?Absolutely! Click here to learn how your company can support the Museum of Pinball - a non-profit organization.
If you own the facility, don't you already have $150,000 of your own money?
If we had it, we'd use it! When John Weeks came across the property in southern California, he leveraged all his financial resources to purchase the facility. In other words, HE'S ALL IN! As a non-profit organization, we have the 18 acre campus, 40,000 square foot facility, and over 500 vintage and modern games, but we don't have $150,000 to renovate the space. That's why we need your help!
Why did you choose this location in Banning, California?
For the past 5 years, we've been searching for an appropriate location in southern California. Anything in LA or Orange County was extremely costly (either to lease or purchase), but we wanted it to be near a destination location. When we found 18 acres with 127,000 square feet of buildings within a few miles of the Morongo Casino & Resort and Cabazon Outlets (and 20 minutes from the resort town of Palm Springs with an international airport), we were amazed by the potential. By purchasing the facility (rather than leasing), we are able to ensure that someone else (i.e., a landlord) can't increase the price of our monthly facility expenditures.
If I want to fly to the Museum of Pinball, what is the best airport?
There are seven major airports near the Museum of Pinball including:
- Palm Springs International Airport - 28 miles
- Ontario International Airport - 50 miles
- John Wayne / Orange County Airport - 75 miles
- Long Beach Airport - 87 miles
- Burbank Bob Hope Airport - 96 miles
- Los Angeles International Airport - 100 miles
- San Diego International Airport - 120 miles
Aren't there other pinball museums or facilities in the US?
Yes, we LOVE other pinball facilities, because all of us are focused on the same goal - spreading the love of pinball. Here are a few facilities around the US...
- Pinball Hall of Fame (Las Vegas, NV) - 150 machines.
- Pacific Pinball Museum (Alameda, CA) - 90 machines.
- PAPA (Scott Township, Pennsylvania) - open twice a year for tournaments with approximately 450 machines.
- Silverball Museum Arcade (Asbury Park, NJ) - 180 machines.
- Seattle Pinball Museum (Seattle, WA) - 50 machines.
- National Pinball Museum (Baltimore, MD) - closed due to landlord canceling lease.
When will the Museum of Pinball be open?
If we are successful in raising $150,000 with our Kickstarter campaign, we anticipate a Grand Opening in late January or early February 2014. The Museum will be open Friday-Sunday (regular hours) and Monday-Thursday (special events).
When the Museum of Pinball opens, will I have to pay to play?
With a $15 entry fee (after the Grand Opening Weekend), you'll receive a card that will allow you to play approximately half of the machines at no additional charge for as long as you would like on the date of purchase. Other games will require additional credit to be added to your card, and you'll redeem those credits by swiping your card at individual machines of your choice.
I'm a pinball aficionado, and I've never heard of John Weeks and his collection. Who is this guy?
If you're a follower of PAPA tournaments and the pinball culture in the US, you're probably familiar with high-profile players and collectors - but maybe you've never heard of John Weeks. After owning a chain of three arcades in the late 1970s and early 80's, John became enamored by pinball. In 1996, he started seriously collecting machines with a vision of opening a massive pinball facility. While John does participate in some pinball gatherings in southern California, he has also flown to see the other major pinball facilities in the US to learn and be stretched in his vision. With the majority of his time focused on running his Internet-based businesses, he loves spending time playing pinball with friends...and avoiding the attention of the spotlight.
What pinball machines do you have in your collection?
Click here to see the list. As we acquire more machines, we'll update the page on our website.
How do you plan to maintain over 500 pinball machines?
Because John Weeks has owned arcades in the past and is an avid pinballer himself, we know that one of the keys to ensuring that everyone enjoys the Museum of Pinball is to keep the machines in great condition for pinheads and the general public. Not only have we had numerous people already volunteer to be part of our ongoing tech team, we also plan to hire pinball techs to be on the museum staff. Although the Museum of Pinball is a non-profit, it must be run like a for-profit business in order to go the distance.
Who manufactures the pinball accessories that you're offering as rewards?
While the t-shirts are printed in California and the custom tokens are sourced in the US, all of the pinball accessories (including the covers, skates/dolly, and rotisseries) are manufactured by John Weeks. He has sourced and manufactured these items for the last few years, and he's happy to offer them as rewards to backers of the Kickstarter project.
Risks and challenges
WITH THE $150,000, we are confident that the renovation and Grand Opening of the Museum of Pinball is possible for early 2014 (ideally late January - early February).
- We own the facility and over 500 pinball machines.
- We have a lease signed for a business to move into the 87,000 square feet in the middle of the property.
- We have the business acumen to oversee the renovation, installation of the machines, and the opening of the Museum.
- John Weeks has owned and operated successful arcades (1970s and 80s), retail tool stores (late 1980s), and Internet-based businesses (currently).
WITHOUT THE $150,000, we know that the opening of the Museum of Pinball will be delayed. We would have to seek alternative sources of funding, and we couldn't confidently predict a date of completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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