ATLANTA — Since 1985, Atlanta resident John Yates has been collecting arcade games. Once he had too many to show in his first arcade museum in downtown McLean, he decided the time was right to expand.
On Thursday, Yates opened a second location — this time in Atlanta.
The Rt. 66 Arcade Museum, located at the corner of Arch and Race streets in Atlanta, houses more than 40 vintage pinball and video games, including a rare, circa-1936 flipper-less, wooden-cased pinball game, an original PacMan video game and several others. Nearly all of the machines are operable and can be played for only a quarter.
America's Playable Arcade Museum opened in downtown McLean in September 2009 and now will concentrate on games made from 1980 through 2000. In Atlanta, the featured games will focus on those built from 1935 through 1980.
"By opening a second museum, we can develop a separation between the two," Yates said.
The museum is available by reservation for birthday parties, family reunions and other gatherings at no cost.
"To my knowledge, there has never been anyone who came in to our first museum and thought it was boring," Yates said. "We are confident that the number of machines and history we will have in our second place will have a great impact and we are looking forward to seeing how it goes."
The museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted.