Monday, April 26, 2010

Rock-afire Explosion

A documentary about Rock-afire Explosion, the bizarro animatronic band that performed at Showbiz Pizza restaurants/arcades in the 1980s, is now on DVD. Here's a trailer:

As I understand it, Showbiz merged with Chuck E. Cheese -- its biggest competitor -- in 1984. Miraculously, Chuck E. Cheese is still around, operating more than 500 locations. In fact, it's in every state except Wyoming and New Hampshire. Minnesota still has five and New York has 21, including one in Harlem, one in the Bronx, and one in Brooklyn.

Chuck E. Cheese was founded in 1977 in San Jose, California by, of all people, Nolan Bushnell -- the man who started Atari. Showbiz Pizza began in Kansas City in 1980.



Blogger Chris said...

As I remember it, Showbiz ruled. The mouse, not so much.

11:20 PM  

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