Quarterworld Pinball Arcade To Open In Portland Movie Theater

Posted On: 1/5/2016

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PORTLAND, OR -- A new amusement machine arcade will fill the vintage Alhambra Theatre located at 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. here, according to local news sources. The theater, which closed last year, will be transformed into a steampunk-themed arcade called Quarterworld.

Set to open in March, Quarterworld will feature pinball machines from owner Phil Ragaway's personal collection. The venue will reportedly use the PayRange app, which will enable patrons to credit machines using the Bluetooth connection on their smartphones.

Built by impresario Walter Tebbetts in 1913, the Alhambra Theatre has gone through multiple name changes, including Sabala's, Mt. Tabor Legacy and Mt. Tabor Theater, prior to returning to its original name in 2013. Along the way it has served as silent movie palace, an adult movie center, and music and pool hall.

Ragaway already operates machines in 140 bars under the name Quarterworld in the Portland market. At present, the his warehoused collection takes up 10,000-sq.ft. of space.

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CLASSY VENUE: Quarterworld will occupy Portland, OR's historic Alhambra Theatre. The new arcade will feature pinballs from owner Phil Ragaway's massive collection.

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