Classic Arcade games…2 great locations!

The Electric Theatre Arcade was a project that hoped to bring a retro arcade to the historic square in Independence, Missouri.  As many of you know Mike Freeland(Freeland Photography ) has collected and restored games for over 18 years as a hobby.  He planned to open a retro style Dave and Busters with Ken McClain on the historic Independence Square in 2010, but after several years and multiple delays it never came to fruition.

While a stand alone retro arcade has not happenned, several new opportunities have.  Mike has established SuperNova Vending and is supplying his retro arcade collection to local bars, restaurants, theatres, and venues in the Greater Kansas City, Missouri area.  Two locations that currently house some of his collection include Square Pizza and the Screenland Movie Theatres.  If you know someone interested in partnering please contact him.

Also the documentary The Electric Theatre Vintage Arcade, directed by Brad Johnson, is also making its way around local film festivals in 2013.  The short film is screening at the Kansas City film festival at the Alamo Drafthouse.  Also the Free State Film Festival produced by the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas.

Thanks to the thousands of fans that have contacted Mike including many across the globe!

You can contact Mike
or call 816-419-0551

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Thank you!!

Thanks for everyone that came out over Labor Day weekend to the arcade inside of Square Pizza. We will keep everyone updated on the future plans. The show of support was fantastic! We are hoping to get a meeting/update with the restaurant owner soon for future plans with the arcade. We are also exploring other avenues for the arcade location. Sincerely, Mike Freeland

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Location for Labor Day 2012 weekend set!

Square Pizza is allowing us to use their party room for the Santa Cali Gon Days Festival.  The dates/times for 2012 are:

Friday, August 31     11 am to 10 pm   closed at 6pm due to weather
Saturday, September 1     11 am to 10 pm
Sunday, September 2     11 am to 10 pm
Monday, September 3     11 am to 3 pm


Square pizza has great food and drinks you can purchase!  80′s music help make the environment truly nostalgic.

$5 admission stay and play (up to 3 hours)
$10 come and go all day
$20 come and go all weekend!

MsPacman, Pengo, Robotron, Joust, Moon Patrol, Tempest, Dig Dug, Centipede, Missile Command, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, Playchoice, Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace, Star Wars Pinball, Return of the Jedi, Time Pilot, Space Duel, Rampage, Super Pacman, Journey, Paperboy, Spy Hunter, Marble Madness, Millipede, Mr. Do, Rootbeer Tapper, Budweiser Tapper, Galaga, Burgertime, Gauntlet, Pacman cocktail, Galaga cocktail, Flinstones pinball, Punchout, Super Punchout, Tron, Asteroids Deluxe….whew!

We hope to see as many people as possible over these four days!  Anyone that wants to send out fliers can download them HERE.  Thanks for the support!


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Retro Arcade dates and information

The Electric Theatre Vintage Arcade will be opening on the Historic Square in Independence, Missouri from August 31st, to September 3rd, 2012.

The arcade is reminiscent of a 1980′s video arcade like Aladdin’s Castle, Space Port, and Showbiz Pizza. The golden age of video games is widely considered from 1979-1983. This collection of games focuses on titles like Ms. Pacman, Centipede, Galaga, Joust, Donkey Kong, and Paperboy to name a few.

Retro video arcade opening for 4 days only in 2012… Labor Day weekend

Electric Theatre Arcade
208 West Maple (inside Square Pizza)
Independence, Missouri 64050

Mike Freeland is the collector and entrepreneur that is provided the games from his collection and the business plan. It has taken him Freeland 16 years to find and restore these machines.

Ken McClain has partnered with Mike Freeland to bring these games to the new party room at Square Pizza. McClain Enterprises are the creators and owners of dozens of businesses on the Historic Independence Square including Square Pizza, Up Dog, and the brand new El Pico.

This location will provide a temporary home showcasing a partial collection of the arcade’s inventory. They hope that people will love the Arcade, and the demand to play the games will allow them to expand into the former Electric Theatre located at 119 W Lexington. This original theater dates back to 1917 and was later changed to the Plaza Theatre. They chose to keep the original spelling of theatre to preserve history.

All games will be set to free play (no quarters or tokens) and will charging a $5 admission for the Santa Cali Gon weekend festival September 2nd-5th. They will also have a $10 option that gets you in and out all day, or $20 for the weekend.

For more information on the arcade you can email

For additional information on Square Pizza or McClain Enterprises visit

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