After a Charlottesville business owner made a plea for help to find a new home for his arcade, Paul’s Pinball Palace has now reopened under a new name and in a new home.
Time was running out for Paul’s Pinball Palace just a few months ago, but the popular Charlottesville gaming spot is now reopening its doors under the moniker Decades Arcade on Friday, October 12.
“We were looking for a new home and we couldn’t find one,” Paul Yates, the owner, said. “The reality was is we were about a week away from closing for good.”
Just months ago, Yates was faced with the task of finding a new home in Charlottesville for his beloved collection of pinball machines.
“Even when we were closed, people were reaching out to us ‘please, have you guys found a new home? Is there anything that we can do? Can we somehow get together?’” Yates said.
Yates’s current lease for Paul’s Pinball Palace was up earlier in the year, and had nowhere to turn.
“I mean, so many people reached out to us and let us know again that they supported what we’re doing and they were sad to see us close and wanted us to come back,” Yates said.
After reaching out to the community for help, Paul’s Pinball Palace became Decades Arcade and it has now opened its doors in a brand new location on Carlton Road.
“I was born and raised on pinball machines,” Jay Waters, who lives in Charlottesville, said.
Waters says Decades Arcade gives him the chance to show his son one of his childhood passions.
“There are tons of pinball machines, it looks sort of like a garage, and also has a few arcade games,” Dare Waters, Jay’s son, said.
Jay Waters says the arcade is one of the few family-friendly gaming spots in Charlottesville.
“This is a good, clean, family place, and we’re just having a blast,” Jay said. “All you have to do is hit a button and you can play.”
Yates says his passion for sharing pinball with the community is his main reason for all his hard work.
“Always hold out hope, always believe that if you have something that people want that you’ll find a way to get it done,” Yates said.
Yates says reopening the arcade is all about putting smiles on people’s faces.