Gameseum Mega Arcade & Museum has opened in downtown Ephrata with scores of classic arcade games and pinball machines.
Located behind Royer’s Pharmacy, the arcade takes a 3,000-square-foot space at 27 N. State St. that is the former home of The Art of Recycle.
Owned and operated by Steven Van Splinter Jr. and his fiancee, Mallorey Reese, Gameseum has around 80 arcade and pinball games.
Most of the arcade games are from the 1980s, with pinball machines mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. Among the titles are “Galaxian,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Asteroids,” “Golden Axe” and “Track & Field.”
A few games and some pinball machines were still being set up during the first week after the arcade’s June 29 opening.
Gameseum charges $7 for 30 minutes of play, $10 for an hour and $25 for a daylong pass. It also sells some drinks and prepackaged snacks.
Nearly five years ago, Van Splinter began buying the arcade games and pinball that make up the Gameseum collection. Most of the games didn’t work when he bought them so Van Splinter taught himself how to repair them. He decided to open an arcade once his collection hit 80.