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Postby JamesSchid » Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:35 am

OK, as promised, the fruits of some research I did using Lovell's annual* circa 1985, locating amusement arcades in downtown Montreal, specifically on Ste-Catherine West between Jeanne-Mance & Guy. I've also added a few others I remember that weren't on Ste-Catherine. It's mostly just addresses, with a few personal recollections. Some places I frankly don't remember and only surmise are actual arcades based on the business name listed.

At first I did this just to refresh my failing memory of where I spent a whole lot of quarters. I was planning to take pictures of each address to see what became of these places, but never got around to it.

Perhaps this list can be a starting point if anyone wants to continue the research, flesh it out to become something like Mrhide has mentioned, Mike Rivest's "Montreal Movie Theatres And Drive-Ins" history:
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Of course, if anyone remembers other details, other places, etc. please feel free to contribute. I'd rather this not be just my personal recollections.

DOWNTOWN MONTREAL AMUSEMENT ARCADES:

On Ste-Catherine...

L'arcadium 268
268 Ste-Catherine W.
(South side, between Bleury & Jeanne-Mance)

Casino Royale
378 Ste-Catherine W.

Unknown name
680 Ste-Catherine W.
I think there was a small one here, briefly (almost corner of University, South side)

S T Amusements
705 Ste-Catherine W.
(in Les Terrasses minimall -- now Les ailes de la mode?)

Crystal Palace
1196 Ste-Catherine W.
Crystal Palace Centre d'Amusements
(next to Mr. Steer, between Drummond & Stanley, South side)

Video Palace
1197 Ste-Catherine W.
(1985-?)

International
1340 Ste-Catherine W.
International Centre d'Amusements
(between de la Montagne & Crescent)

Le Casino
1381 Ste-Catherine W.
Le Casino Centre d'Amusements
This is the only arcade that still exists these days, but under the name Amusement 2000 Plus.


Off Ste-Catherine ...

Unknown name
Peel metro passage
There was a small one in the Peel metro passage. i.e. From the Stanley street entrance to the metro, there are stairs going down, then a short passageway lined with small stores before getting to the turnstiles. For sure it existed in 1983, since I remember playing Galaga there right after seeing "WarGames" which came out that summer. Probably it only had video games, no pins.

Silver Amusements / Palais du vidéo
1206 St-Laurent
Formerly sharing the same space as Frites Dorées (1212 St-Laurent), then split at some point a few doors down to 1206, changing name to "Palais du vidéo" but still owned by Silver Amusements Ltd.
There's a scene in the movie Montreal Main (1974) by Frank Vitale where the gang go into Frites Dorées and play some games. No pinball machines are seen, but there are a bunch of bat / baseball and rifle games. In the closing credits, one can see the front of Frites Dorées with the Silver Amusements signs in the window.

Unknown name
Place Bonaventure
A bit of a strange, out-of-the-way location in a lower level. I remember playing video games here a few times. It was pretty spacious, but I don't remember many people in it ever.

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* Lovell's: this was an annual directory for Montreal and environs wherein you can look up a street address and find out who was living there or what business occupied it. They are available online here:
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[N.B. the interface is in French only].

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Postby P1AG Montréal - pièces/parts » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:49 am

JamesSchid wrote:Unknown name
Place Bonaventure
A bit of a strange, out-of-the-way location in a lower level. I remember playing video games here a few times. It was pretty spacious, but I don't remember many people in it ever.

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I worked at both arcades in Place Bonaventure in the early 90's pushing quarters. They were both owned by Abe Kaufmann (same guy who opened Casino Royale and the gameroom behind Reggie's pub at Concordia University) All the equipment came from the now Amusments Classique in N.D.G., which was the other Alouette back in the day.

The one near Bel Gauffre is the one I think you are referring to here James, or was it the one near the Rossy at the end of the metro tunnel.
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Postby Mrhide » Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:11 am

great resource and Great thread!

The Collège (Notre Dame) years:
Centre d'amusement Place Jack, ran by Alouette Amusement
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there was another one on cote-des-neiges and I can't remember where damn it ! ... that same guy then move to St-Laurent, near fairmount ( hmmm ...Bagells!)


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Starburst_Pieces_Parts wrote:I worked at both arcades in Place Bonaventure in the early 90's pushing quarters. [...]
The one near Bel Gauffre is the one I think you are referring to here James, or was it the one near the Rossy at the end of the metro tunnel.

Hmmm, I haven't been in that part of Place Bonaventure in years, and don't know where Bel Gaufre is. First of all, I went to this arcade circa 1985-86. As for where it was, let me explain in a laborious way, as best I can remember: say we're standing on de la Gauchetière near the corner of Mansfield... we go up the stairs and enter Place Bonaventure. We head East along the corridor until we get to a large space, then we take some stairs in the center of that space down a level, where it seemed badly lit. Then we head Eastward along a corridor on the North side... near the end of it is the arcade on our left. I always imagined this arcade being under de la Gauchetière street, closer to University.

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Postby P1AG Montréal - pièces/parts » Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:59 am

JamesSchid wrote:
Starburst_Pieces_Parts wrote:I worked at both arcades in Place Bonaventure in the early 90's pushing quarters. [...]
The one near Bel Gauffre is the one I think you are referring to here James, or was it the one near the Rossy at the end of the metro tunnel.

Hmmm, I haven't been in that part of Place Bonaventure in years, and don't know where Bel Gaufre is. First of all, I went to this arcade circa 1985-86. As for where it was, let me explain in a laborious way, as best I can remember: say we're standing on de la Gauchetière near the corner of Mansfield... we go up the stairs and enter Place Bonaventure. We head East along the corridor until we get to a large space, then we take some stairs in the center of that space down a level, where it seemed badly lit. Then we head Eastward along a corridor on the North side... near the end of it is the arcade on our left. I always imagined this arcade being under de la Gauchetière street, closer to University.

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The tragectory you described so well would have put you at the arcade near Rossy's, (which became a dollorama in the 90's). Those two businesses "made" a corner of Place Bonaventure on the lower level. Worked there for a while part time and then asked Abe if I could work at the other one he had opened near the waffle counter. That second arcade was smaller and less noisy (more pool tables) and the girls at the Bel Gauffre counter would give me free coffee. The noise at the other busier arcade was getting to me as I neared 30.

Now I will attempt to outline a different tragectory in the same building, and try to be as clear as yours was in order to mentally get you to the Bel Gauffre counter and meet Nancy, Anik, Martine, and others I can not remember by name anymore.

Entering Place Bonaventure on the corner of La Gauchetiere and Mansfield and you would walk south past the Hilton entrance, turn left near the end of the passage, and soon after that turn on your right there were a few steps that went down and straight to the Bel Gauffre counter. Turning your head to the left when standing at the cash was the "L" shaped arcade with a small back office where I would give change from while talking about all sorts of things with the more interesting teenagers of that period who had often run out of money just before midnight and which I would let sit in the office and tell me their woes.

Lee Ann - "Rob, - I got male problems."

Rob - "You know, they have a pretty good post office here in the building."

That arcade in Place Bonaventure always smelled like waffles, and so did my cloths at the end of a shift. So after midnight, some of the girls from Bel Gauffre who were game would casually wander over to the arcade and along with some of the regular arcade dwellers and yours truely, we would head off to the John Bull pub under the Drummond tunnel until the wee hours. Quite the times.
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Postby eh97ac » Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:18 am

Friends and I walking through a tunnel and a small sign appears above a conspicuous looking door...."yeah we should grab a beer here!". Good times in the John Bull Pub and all by accidentally finding it.

The tunnel before and after.

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Picture of Crystal Palace 70 (Pinball Era), Video Palace -86, all around the corner of St-Catherine and Drummond

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Postby JamesSchid » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:58 pm

OK, on behalf of harvey144, I'll post the images he mentioned here. He did finally manage to post them in the "Where were you in 82? here viewtopic.php?f=5&t=19144&p=215504#p215504 thread , but I'll duplicate them anyway.

Video Palais Amusement, circa 1980s...
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Crystal Palace, in the 70s...
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Postby JamesSchid » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:05 pm

OK, this thread was originally about downtown arcades, but rather than start a new thread, I hereby expand the area a bit... to Avenue du Parc.

I found a scene in the film "L'homme de papier" (Quebec, 1987) [English title : "Moving Picture"], directed by Jacques Giraldeau that takes place in an arcade. We see some video games, someone playing Galaga, and then a bit later Harlem Globetrotters.

During the pinball scene, we can see the street and I managed to figure out that it was on Avenue du Parc, specifically 3464 du Parc, between Sherbrooke and Milton.

In 1987 when the film was released, this arcade was listed in Lovell's annuals as Centre d'amusements Palais. It possibly opened around 1984.

I had forgotten that there was an arcade on Parc, having mostly frequented the ones on Ste-Catherine where they were concentrated, but now I think I probably played here a few times.

It seemed to have disappeared in the 90s, but popped up under various names as an arcade in 1999 to 2010, which is as far as I can look up listings in Lovell's. The building was recently demolished (in 2017?), along with its neighbor at 3462 du Parc.

Across the street was something called Le patinoire, which today appears to be the parking lot for the Boni-Soir. And diagonally, we can see the Taverne Henri-Richard, which by 1990 was a branch of the Peel Pub, then Annies until about 2000, and finally replaced by two buildings, one of which is now the Parc Suites hotel.

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Yeah cool ,awesome history to see ,thx

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Postby ta0126 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:38 am

i have recollections and tidbits to add to this discussion that i hope people find interesting.

place bonaventure

the first arcade there that i remember was the southern one. so it would be closer to the st antoine border of the building rather that the de la gauchetiere. this was in the early 80s. it was located very close to the exhibition space. yes there was some kind of coffee stand here, possibly the aforementioned bel gauffre. key game/era for me here: super cobra, qix, flash gordon (a pin so difficult it can make a grown man cry).

some years later, in the mid to late 80s, i noticed a new arcade in bonaventure. this was closer to the northern wall and was below ground. part of place bonaventure, just inside the de la gauchetiere doors, has a mezzanine structure and you could look down from the street entrance level and see the arcade below. if you entered from de la gauchetiere and walked to the bonaventure metro via the tunnel, you passed right by the arcade. key game/era for me here: atari super sprint, and that racing game with the round climb-in cockpit that rotated 360 degrees. (help me name that game, anyone?)

in my recollection, it seems that these two locations were not in operation at the same time. i could be wrong and maybe they did overlap. i think the south one had been closed before the north one opened. the south one would not get any foot traffic unless there was a show or event in the exhibition space. i remember at the time the second one appeared, i wondered if it was the same owners who wanted a better location within place bonaventure.

hope that fills in some gaps. for all i know there was a third arcade there at some point.

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Postby ta0126 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:14 am

blvd st laurent

thanks for mentioning frites dorees. even after they split palais du video to a few doors south, they always kept one or two pins in the back of the casse croute. i remember bally’s kiss had a decent stay back there. you might recall that they kept the diamond-shaped "silver amusements" decals on the front windows of the restaurant for a long time.

anyway, across the street from frites dorees was another arcade on the ground floor, amusement casino. it shared a sign with a peep show next door:
https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1966/30 ... 0df6_b.jpg

the arcade entrance was on the left and the games were on the ground level. the peep show entrance was on the right and led to stairs going down. key game/era for me here: older pins. [note: this arcade might have operated in the early 90s and not 80s.]

most of us will remember that arcades and peep shows were a common combo on ste catherine ouest as well:
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Postby eightball » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:22 am

Does anyone remember Amusements L-Z on ste Catherine or maybe de maisonneuve about two blocks east of the forum? It would have been open until 1984 at least. It was a bit dingy if I recall, with a modest line up of pins, including a defenceless Harlem globetrotters.

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Postby R.A.B. » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:26 am

ta0126 wrote:i have recollections and tidbits to add to this discussion that i hope people find interesting.

place bonaventure

the first arcade there that i remember was the southern one. so it would be closer to the st antoine border of the building rather that the de la gauchetiere. this was in the early 80s. it was located very close to the exhibition space. yes there was some kind of coffee stand here, possibly the aforementioned bel gauffre. key game/era for me here: super cobra, qix, flash gordon (a pin so difficult it can make a grown man cry).

some years later, in the mid to late 80s, i noticed a new arcade in bonaventure. this was closer to the northern wall and was below ground. part of place bonaventure, just inside the de la gauchetiere doors, has a mezzanine structure and you could look down from the street entrance level and see the arcade below. if you entered from de la gauchetiere and walked to the bonaventure metro via the tunnel, you passed right by the arcade. key game/era for me here: atari super sprint, and that racing game with the round climb-in cockpit that rotated 360 degrees. (help me name that game, anyone?)

in my recollection, it seems that these two locations were not in operation at the same time. i could be wrong and maybe they did overlap. i think the south one had been closed before the north one opened. the south one would not get any foot traffic unless there was a show or event in the exhibition space. i remember at the time the second one appeared, i wondered if it was the same owners who wanted a better location within place bonaventure.

hope that fills in some gaps. for all i know there was a third arcade there at some point.


Ah man, thanks for setting some of the record straight. You are right about the south side arcade closer to the exhibition space and adjacent to Bel Gauffre closing first, I remembered it wrong when I wrote my post above, time remains a thief of memories and more often facts.

As I mentioned above, I worked at these two Place Bonaventure arcades just pushing quarters. They were both owned by Abe Kaufmann and supplied by Amusement Classique, formerly Alouette Amusements in NDG, not the one in TMR. I liked working at the arcade space next to Bel Gauffre in the late 80's best. The girls at Bel Gauffre were super and we became friends after often going out on the town once we both closed near midnight. I remember Gottlieb"s Car Hop and Lights Camera Action as the newest machines I played there, so that means that the southside arcade was operating until at least 1991.

Once they closed the south side one, Abe asked me to work at the other one which was noisier and had no pool tables if I remember correctly, lots of video games and maybe 5 or 6 pins. I lasted maybe a year or two until I had it with the drugs and the gambling and the cashbox break ins and having to report the bad behaviour of the regulars to Abe. I made the move to concentrate on my pinball home repair business which wasn't quite enough to live on yet, at least not enough to live without room mates. Around 1993-94 I think that arcade was closed and I was working as a tech for an operator on the south shore. I could be wrong about the closing date of the one closer to the northern wall, I will have to look up in my journals, although they are not as detailed as the ones in the 80's.
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Postby ta0126 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:06 am

ta0126 wrote:anyway, across the street from frites dorees was another arcade on the ground floor, amusement casino. it shared a sign with a peep show next door:
https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1966/30 ... 0df6_b.jpg

sorry, that link does not properly credit the photo source:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/57833357@n00/30374887767

JamesSchid wrote:Lovell's: this was an annual directory for Montreal and environs wherein you can look up a street address and find out who was living there or what business occupied it. They are available online here:
http://bibnum2.banq.qc.ca/bna/lovell/index.html.

thank you for pointing me to this resource. from lovell i found that the arcade was listed as: casino st laurent, 1211 st laurent boul.

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Postby ta0126 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:10 am

R.A.B. wrote:As I mentioned above, I worked at these two Place Bonaventure arcades just pushing quarters. They were both owned by Abe Kaufmann and supplied by Amusement Classique, formerly Alouette Amusements in NDG, not the one in TMR.

thanks for this info about the owner and that it was the same person behind casino royale. do you know if one of his sons also worked pushing quarters? i think the son’s name is irwin, but it’s been so long. anyway, if he ever reads this board, here is a shout out :) we enjoyed many games of williams stargate and he was nice to me even when i didn’t play and just hung around watching others.

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Postby ta0126 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:58 am

eightball wrote:Does anyone remember Amusements L-Z on ste Catherine or maybe de maisonneuve about two blocks east of the forum?

near atwater

you made me think of another place. however, from your comments, it doesn’t sound like amusements l-z.

on ste catherine ouest, just east of lambert closse, there was a place on the south side. i have a vague memory of a sign that said “funland” or “playland” or something-land, but an anglo name like that might not have satisfied the sign laws, so who knows. key game/era for me here: missile command, defender, robotron. lovell says it was registered as: amusement forum, 2196 ste catherine ouest.

if that’s true, then in this later photo (source: google streetview), the entrance would have been two doors to the left of the saq:
http://oi65.tinypic.com/149bno1.jpg


incidentally, also in the atwater neighbourhood, plaza alexis nihon had an arcade on the metro level. it was quite centrally located near the principal escalators and just beside a hallmark store. if you walked from the metro turnstiles through the mall towards the exit in cabot square park, you passed the arcade on your left. key game/era for me here: lots of stuff in the years around williams taxi.

these two places were gems. like any arcade, both had their high-traffic sections where the best and newest games were placed. but they also had a sizable “back of the store” area that had their older machines and a stash of eclectic treasures. these secondary collections were not always in the best of condition (put in your quarters and hope that both flippers work) but they were fascinating for the explorers and the curious minded.

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Postby R.A.B. » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:05 am

ta0126 wrote:
R.A.B. wrote:As I mentioned above, I worked at these two Place Bonaventure arcades just pushing quarters. They were both owned by Abe Kaufmann and supplied by Amusement Classique, formerly Alouette Amusements in NDG, not the one in TMR.

thanks for this info about the owner and that it was the same person behind casino royale. do you know if one of his sons also worked pushing quarters? i think the son’s name is irwin, but it’s been so long. anyway, if he ever reads this board, here is a shout out :) we enjoyed many games of williams stargate and he was nice to me even when i didn’t play and just hung around watching others.


Yes Abe's son is Irwin, I am still in touch with him occasionally. He was the first of that family to hire me at 19. He also gave change at the gameroom behind Reggie's pub on the 6th floor of the Henry F.Hall building of Concordia University where I became his replacement at pushing quarters. I think I am repeating myself. :lol:
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Postby R.A.B. » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:12 am

ta0126 wrote:
eightball wrote:Does anyone remember Amusements L-Z on ste Catherine or maybe de maisonneuve about two blocks east of the forum?

near atwater

you made me think of another place. however, from your comments, it doesn’t sound like amusements l-z.

on ste catherine ouest, just east of lambert closse, there was a place on the south side. i have a vague memory of a sign that said “funland” or “playland” or something-land, but an anglo name like that might not have satisfied the sign laws, so who knows. key game/era for me here: missile command, defender, robotron. lovell says it was registered as: amusement forum, 2196 ste catherine ouest.

if that’s true, then in this later photo (source: google streetview), the entrance would have been two doors to the left of the saq:
http://oi65.tinypic.com/149bno1.jpg


but they also had a sizable “back of the store” area that had their older machines and a stash of eclectic treasures. these secondary collections were not always in the best of condition (put in your quarters and hope that both flippers work) but they were fascinating for the explorers and the curious minded.


I am sure we are talking about Forum Amusements (don't remember a L-Z amusement arcade) with an arch like sign above the samll entrance. The place smelled like an armpit most of the time and the guy giving change had two thumbs. His change counter was to the left as you entered and the place was shaped like a big "L", the older machines being in the back short end of the L shaped space, I would play Volley and Bronco and other Gottliebs that pissed me off.

I bought my first pinball from their basement in 1980 if memory serves, I will have to check.
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Re: Amusement arcades in downtown Montreal, circa 1980s.

Postby R.A.B. » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:13 am

ta0126 wrote:
eightball wrote:Does anyone remember Amusements L-Z on ste Catherine or maybe de maisonneuve about two blocks east of the forum?

near atwater

you made me think of another place. however, from your comments, it doesn’t sound like amusements l-z.

on ste catherine ouest, just east of lambert closse, there was a place on the south side. i have a vague memory of a sign that said “funland” or “playland” or something-land, but an anglo name like that might not have satisfied the sign laws, so who knows. key game/era for me here: missile command, defender, robotron. lovell says it was registered as: amusement forum, 2196 ste catherine ouest.

if that’s true, then in this later photo (source: google streetview), the entrance would have been two doors to the left of the saq:
http://oi65.tinypic.com/149bno1.jpg


but they also had a sizable “back of the store” area that had their older machines and a stash of eclectic treasures. these secondary collections were not always in the best of condition (put in your quarters and hope that both flippers work) but they were fascinating for the explorers and the curious minded.


I am sure we are talking about Forum Amusements (don't remember a L-Z amusement arcade, maybe it changed owners later on) with an arch like sign above the small entrance, I thnk it was lit up with blinking lights. The place smelled like an armpit most of the time and the guy giving change had two thumbs. His change counter was to the left as you entered and the place was shaped like a big "L", the older machines being in the back short end of the L shaped space, I would play Volley and Bronco and other Gottliebs that pissed me off.

I bought my first pinball from their basement in 1980 if memory serves, I will have to check. I do remember the Kent Brasserie though. It was accross St.Catherine from that arcade had real cold draft and pickeled tounge and salt crackers when you got hungry - for real. 8-)
Last edited by R.A.B. on Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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http://www.northstarpinball.com

Maxed out at 10 machines, no more no less. Toujours a 10 machines, pas moins pas plus.
Une règle suivi gueri de tout. A rule respected can cure anything.

A philosophy of doing shall rule til the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to wipe my own ass, adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman from sighing, there will be only memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build a RRSP of memories, come hell or calm tides.

P.S. A man needs something to do besides contemplate how crazy everyone has become in a world of overly exaggerated self-importance upheld and maintained by the new dumb.

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Re: Amusement arcades in downtown Montreal, circa 1980s.

Postby Craig » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:55 pm

Very cool.....I wish someone could do this in a new thread for Ottawa..... I'd have several entries....
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Re: Amusement arcades in downtown Montreal, circa 1980s.

Postby eh97ac » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:18 pm

Craig wrote:Very cool.....I wish someone could do this in a new thread for Ottawa..... I'd have several entries....

You just nominated yourself.

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Re: Amusement arcades in downtown Montreal, circa 1980s.

Postby shane » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:30 pm

Fantastic thread.................
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Re: Amusement arcades in downtown Montreal, circa 1980s.

Postby Dave W. » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:03 am

Some more pictures for the archives.
I can't say that I had a favorite downtown arcade... I would often hit 3 or 4 different ones on a Friday night. Loved the choices we were offered.
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