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2019 SUMMER ARCADE TOUR STOP 11: Playland Arcade - Santa Monica Pier, California (July 2019)

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

For those of you complaining about the condition of the pinball machines in my earlier post about the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, I proudly present Playland Arcade on Santa Monica Pier. Playland makes the pins at Santa Cruz look like PAPA.

If you’re really itching to play some pinball, ascribe to the “any port in a storm” philosophy of life and find yourself near Santa Monica Pier by all means have at it. Playland is packed, smells funny, the pins were rode hard and put up wet and cost a buck per play. Look, I LOVE seeing pinball on location, but I think that your time would be better spent playing pinball just about anywhere else. These pictures actually make the pins look better than they did in person.

There was some decent games at Playland, including a bunch of cool drivers like the new Super Bikes and a number of the classic arcade games, but I can’t vouch for how they played. For my money, the Santa Cruz boardwalk blows away Santa Monica Pier.

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