Party on at the Arcade

Written by Joe Stumpe

Apparently we all still want to hang out at the arcade with our friends.

That’s what owners of The Arcade gaming venue in Old Town have found since opening last winter. Group parties made up of adults have been flocking to the place, visions of PacMan and Centipede dancing in their heads. At $200 to $250 for up to 100 guests, it may be the best bargain in town.

The Arcade is available for parties for two-hour periods on Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and then from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s available for private rental during other non-operating hours during the week (see box for hours). Those time slots allow party goers exclusive, unlimited access to the scores of nearly a hundred video and pinball games, with new games being brought in all the time. Everything is set on free-play except for the pinball machines, which cost 50 cents a game. A table for up to 20 people can also be reserved during The Arcade’s regular operating hours.

Birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, church groups and family reunions are booking the place. Businesses have discovered it as well, treating their employees and clients to throwback fun.

“It’s been interesting because it’s allowed people across the gamut — whether they’re in the financial industry or service-related industry like restaurants — to come in, and it appeals to just about everybody,” said Derek Sorrells, who owns The Arcade with Michael Jensen.

A couple of accounting firms sent employees during the tax season crunch — “I guess they just wanted to de-stress,” Sorrells said — while a real estate firm has rented it several times. “They book it for past clients. It always brings in additional business.”

Of course, The Arcade is a popular choice for parties for children and teenagers, too. The Arcade has an open catering policy that allows people to bring in their own food and drink for events.

Sorrells and Jensen started The Arcade from their own love — and stash — of video and pinball games. From the original 63 video games and two pinball machines, they’re now up to 78 video games and 14 pinball machines. The newest pinball machines: Guardians of the Galaxy and Metallica. “Even if you don’t like hard rock music,” Sorrells said, “they’re great pinball machines.”

The Arcade

139 N. Mead St.
Wichita, KS 67202
316.844.0010 (call or text)

REGULAR HOURS
Thursday: 6–10 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m.–1 a.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m.–1 a.m.
Sunday: 1–8 p.m.
Price: $10 all day, $8 kids 10 and under

Party Hours and Prices

MONDAY–FRIDAY, $250
Private two-hour party | During non-operating hours | Up to 100 guests

SATURDAY–SUNDAY, $200
8:30–10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Private party | Up to 100 guests

DURING NORMAL ARCADE HOURS, $200
Up to 20 guests (additional guests $10 each)

SUNDAY 8-10 PM, $250
Private party | Up to 100 guests

Parties can be booked directly at thearcadewichita.com

 
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