Begun in the 1940s as a penny arcade and museum of oddities, the Chinatown Fair Arcade was one of the last great haunts for coin-operated machines and their all-night jockeys.
It played host to an eclectic crowd of gamers, dancers, freaks and thugs, all joined by a common love of great arcade action, the kind of physical, sweat-inducing play that is hard to find on a console.
The location shut down suddenly in February after the owner received an eviction notice. Kurt Vincent, a independent filmmaker from Brooklyn, captured the last, emotional night, as players from across the five boroughs flocked for a final taste.
“Chinatown was the last one, it had the best players,” a fan tells Vincent’s camera. “This was like, our last spot. We gotta find another spot to migrate to. The talent’s gonna always be there, but the talent’s gonna be hidden.”
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