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Pinball Medics is preparing to open Canada's first Pinball and Arcade Museum;  The Ottawa - Montreal Pinball Museum.

Located at the midpoint between these two great cities in the small Provincial Border town of Alfred, Ontario, right on Highway 17.

See full article with photos here: https://pinballmedics.ca/ottawa-montrea ... ll-museum/

The museum is the brainchild spawned by the shared passion for Pinball of partners Mike Loftus, who experienced the Golden era of the Arcade in Ottawa, and Rob Illuiri, who experienced the same era in Montreal. Their vision is not only a throwback to late 70's and early 80's Canadian Pinball Culture, but a vehicle to move Modern Pinball Culture forward for Every One and All.

Chosen not only for it's huge size, commercial zoning, and central location, this long time Roadside Diner is a Historical Landmark, the old Cardin Restaurant, with it's adjoining house and massive storage area. At the peak of it's heyday during Pinball's Golden Era, when Highway 17 was the main road between Montreal and Ottawa, it still stands as a Milestone heralding the half way point between the two Cities.

It's massive and weathered Neon Highway Road Sign, hard to miss even in the glaring Sun, was and will again be nigh impossible to miss when illuminated in all it's giant multi leveled neon glory at night, weaving a charm and a spell, lighting up the Highway like part of an enormous retro 70's Pinball Machine, out of the shadows, shining ever bright.

The Historic Building itself also oozes retro charm. With it's old school Chevron inspired angular modernist roof lines. The huge stained glass windows across the front and West sides of the building. The real wood stove in the center of the main room.The 70's wall coverings, lighting fixtures, flooring, bar and seating area.

All helping bring you back to that simpler time, when all you needed was a pocket full of quarters, a few friends, some Zeppelin on the juke box, and Pinball. And everything was cool.

With over 70 Classic Pinball Machines and Video Games lining the walls, the indoor Museum experience will be a serious trip back to the 70's for all of us who grew up in the Arcades of Legend, and a true anchor to our childhood memories, that you can see, touch, and feel.

Beyond the Museum interior, the gated drive through Parking lot can accommodate any size of truck or trailer, and the sprawling property, even with it's permanent collection of trailers, containers, and outbuildings, still includes a good sized serviced campground bordered by a huge forest!

This will be the setting for "Tommy's Holiday Camp" and "Night at the Museum" events during the warmer months.

With a large number of outdoor games in the Carnival Tent to compliment the indoor experience, we will have over 100 games available to play at once, rain or shine. We will have a dedicated covered outdoor tournament area and beer tent, with live music, a gourmet B-B-Q grill, and much more with new concepts and ideas arriving at a frenetic pace.

Work on remodeling the entire property is in full swing, and we anticipate being ready to open as soon as August of this year with social distancing and other required protocols in place, depending on the situation, regulations, and recommendations at that time.

These "before" pictures already reveal what we see in this diamond in the rough, and offer a tantalizing glimpse of what shall soon be, and the remaining 80% of the building will be even more incredible!

Details related to rates, hours, availability, and special events, will be made available as we are closer to opening, but it will be a paid admission for unlimited play model during regular hours and monthly events. Group rental by appointment will be available as well.

Volunteers are more than welcome to get involved in this project, and are encouraged to contact Mike on 613-223-6108 to discuss whatever assistance you can offer.

Technical skill is not required, we in fact need more test players than anything else to allow us to prepare, dial in, and bullet proof the games before we open. We would normally do this through the Ottawa Pinball Medics location which adjoins The Ottawa Pinball Arcade, but the Restaurant, Bar, and Arcade sections are closed until at least September based on current data, however we are in discussions related to a large covered outdoor patio that may include some select machines this summer if possible.

Test players can still help out from the Ottawa Pinball Medics retail location at 2559B Baseline Road, which will be open to the public as a retail Sales, Repair, and Parts store, as of Monday June 1st, after completing the ongoing remodeling of the adjoining Neighbourhood Pub Restaurant and Bar, and finish preparing to comply with current regulations related to Covid-19 in a street front retail setting.

We are specifically in need of someone(s) to run tournaments at both locations, and are open to many formats and approaches, and would leave most if not all these decisions to the chosen organizer(s).
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best of luck , looks very impressive

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Wow, can't wait to visit!

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OMG! If that's 100 with the tent, what's the machine capacity just in the permanent building?
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cool!

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2 great guys that are passionate about the hobby going the next level . I've been there many times before COVID , great location , awesome place can't wait for Grand opening .
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I am not going to lie, that sign is da bomb!!

The inside is as 70s as you can get! nice job boys!!
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Yes this is going to be a great place to play classic pinball
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The place is magical wonderland. There’s already a ton of stuff there with only a hell of a lot more to come.
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We have to make that circle on top of the sign a 3D SILVERBALL . Would be perfect for pinball museum .
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been there already and i asure you guys it will be a blast........a lot of fun to come

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how many pins will fit inside the permanent building?
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We are in the process of designing the layout, but the initial section of the museum should allow for 70 machines year round indoors, most of which will be pinball, though we will have quite a few classic video games as well. A few muligames but as many rare classics as possible, including a few retro drivers like Sprint 2, Superbug, a double Final lap, and as much vector stuff as we can find. There will be at least 50 machines for the soft opening in August or September, and next Spring we will begin the first phase of the expansion.
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Super excited to see this place - I am a big fan of the classic 70's style. Let me know if you need a play-tester!
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ALFRED the boys school town.

Geezus- will,games be set to .25 cent play to offset the cost of gas?

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I,think this Pinball Museum should have been located at the St-Laurent Center------- fill up the entire empty Sears space up with pins & Vida

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I've been helping Rob and Mike at the museum getting the place ready , with other pinheads ofcourse ( face mask and hand sanitizing required ) .
Not there yet , covid really slowed them down but we're making progress .
15 pins were taking downstairs to make room and more will need to go down .
Carpet went down last weekend.

3 ball Alien poker coming soon
Hopefully covid is leaving soon
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steamfitter wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:19 pm
Hopefully covid is leaving soon
fingers crossed!

What's that machine to the right of Zaxxon?
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cait001 wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:49 pm
steamfitter wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:19 pm
Hopefully covid is leaving soon
fingers crossed!

What's that machine to the right of Zaxxon?
Old slot machine
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steamfitter wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:36 am
cait001 wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:49 pm
steamfitter wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:19 pm
Hopefully covid is leaving soon
fingers crossed!

What's that machine to the right of Zaxxon?
Old slot machine
It's called moulin rouge . I couldn't find image on internet . I'll take pics next time I'm there
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Thanks, I'd love to see. You know I like the oddball machines :)
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cait001 wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:24 pm
Thanks, I'd love to see. You know I like the oddball machines :)
Better give Mike a call before someone else get it .
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Yup, it is a Moulin Rouge by Rotterdam. European machine, but works very well. No mechanical arm, but very fun. It is about 12-15" deep, so fits in a tighter spot. It has a credit button installed, so you can play to your heart's content. And it is for sale. Don't know the price though.
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Sparky wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:08 am
Yup, it is a Moulin Rouge by Rotterdam. European machine, but works very well. No mechanical arm, but very fun. It is about 12-15" deep, so fits in a tighter spot. It has a credit button installed, so you can play to your heart's content. And it is for sale. Don't know the price though.
Some of the games there are for sale? Reading throu this, I thought this is was a museum of some sort, unless stuff needs to go from time to time to make this into a 'pinballs only' location.

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Sparky wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:08 am
Yup, it is a Moulin Rouge by Rotterdam. European machine, but works very well. No mechanical arm, but very fun. It is about 12-15" deep, so fits in a tighter spot. It has a credit button installed, so you can play to your heart's content. And it is for sale. Don't know the price though.
I need to see a picture of it. :)
I emailed Mike but no response yet. there is a classic German gambling machine called Moulin Rouge from around 1959, but this is not that one. I can't find any info on this one here.
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