A visit to Southern California's largest arcade expo in photos.
by Aurich Lawson - Jan 30 2015, 1:35pm PST
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BANNING, CA — The weekend of January 16, 2015 was host to the inaugural Southern California Arcade Expo. Featuring over 750 pinball and arcade games, the show was the largest in Southern California's history. Unlike most arcade shows, where the games are brought by volunteers and enthusiasts to share with the general public, the collection is primarily owned by one man, John Weeks, who's spent the last 40 years amassing his horde of games. Weeks also owns the 40,000-square-foot facility for the expo where the games are permanently housed and is hoping to make events there happen at least twice a year. The second one is currently scheduled for some time in October.
Despite some minor issues typical of a first time show, it went off spectacularly, with official attendance at 3,300 people, all enjoying the vast collection of games. There was an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most games of pinball being played simultaneously, live music, various styles of tournament play, and several seminars as side attractions. But most people just came for the games, and we've attempted to document them for you above.
Special thanks to the members of Pinside who donated their photos to help make this gallery possible.
Listing image by Steve Tsubota