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A Lost NY Arcade Comes Back To Life In This New Documentary

by Joseph Knoop on Nov 04, 2015 at 05:55 AM

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American arcades seem to be a bygone relic of a different era. A new documentary hopes to shine light on New York City’s legendary Chinatown Fair arcade.

The Lost Arcade, a documentary by Kurt Vincent and Irene Chin, explores how the arcade became a “shelter to the community as diverse as the city surrounding it,” according to the film’s webpage

Chinatown Fair first opened up in 1944 as a penny arcade, springing to popularity when the home-console boom began to wipe arcades from the map. The arcade’s prominent reputation drew in players like fighting game champion Justin Wong and others.

The Lost Arcade premieres November 14 and 18 at the IFC Center in New York City during the DOC NYC documentary film festival.

Check out the teaser trailer below.