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Flames Community Arena Pinball

If you want to play pinball in Calgary there are only a few spots where these machines can be found, one of them being the Flames Community Arena in the southwest. Owned and maintained by enthusiasts, they are kept in fine running order. Every now and then old machines are pulled, replaced by new ones. Rotating them in and out this way keeps things fresh.

This author has been passionately playing pinball since the 1970s. Back then they could be found everywhere, today not so much, and besides this location there are always a few at the airport. If you’re a local pinhead and want to play, these are your choices.

The machines seen on our visit included a Bally Revenge From Mars (1999, the last Bally model made), a William’s Whitewater (1993, my fav of the group), a Bally World Cup Soccer (1994), a William’s Demolition Man (1994) and finally, an out of order Stern (a couple years old at most). I’m not a fan of that last make – some of their models are “meh” at best, but most are spectacularly bad – more often then not, I’d rather not play, than play a Stern.

Enough talk, time to thrown in another loonie, and show this machine who’s boss.

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Pinball!

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Date of adventure: February, 2015.
Location: Calgary, AB.
All the places seen in this report are publicly accessible.

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Revenge From Mars Pinball

Finding a pinball machine to play is not easy today.

Flames Community Arena Pinball

One place where they can be found is the Flames Community Arena in SW Calgary.

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Jackie Newell
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Jackie Newell

Used to play as a kid. Haven’t seen one in years!

Ivo Jebsen
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Ivo Jebsen

Those gentlemen that are running the pinball machines and tournaments over there are doing a good thing, but they have machines at many establishments all over Calgary. Not having a business license and not paying taxes on your loonie that you put in, is going to catch up with them sometime.

Ford Sayle
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Ford Sayle

Tubby Dog has a Funhouse.

flames fan
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Play there all the time!

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