CONTACT AND LOCATION
640 Main Street, Louisville, CO
Parking is available on site
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These are our Non-COVID hours
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Mon Closed for Private Events
Tue 4pm - Midnight
Wed 4pm - Midnight
Thur 4pm - Midnight
Fri 4pm -1am
Sat 1pm - 1am
Sun 1pm - 9pm
Private take overs and event rental may be available at other times.
MEET THE TEAM
The founder of the original Tilt.
As a boy of about thirteen in 1977, I had two obsessions, pinball and cheerleaders. I’ll get to the pinball later, but first the cheerleaders. I grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, next to the campus of Ole Miss. It was your typical small southern town for nine months of the year, but every summer Ole Miss hosted cheerleader camps from June through August. Every week a fresh crop of girls and every week the same group of town boys hovering around them like tomcats in the alley. We spent our every waking moment either chasing girls, or playing pinball in the student union and waiting on the girl’s next break to have our egos bruised all over again. As the summers rolled on, I found that I got better and better at pinball and absolutely no smoother at delivering my rehearsed pickup lines. We played for hours on a single quarter and the satisfaction of winning one free game after another was almost as satisfying as getting to first base with the prettiest cheerleader from Hot Coffee High School (yes Hot Coffee, Miss. is a real town). We played Captain Fantastic, Skylab, Surfer, Spin-Out and all the classic electromechanical pinball games. Early on, I became a Williams man and still today you will find more Williams games in our arcade than any other.
As the years wore on, I found less and less time to play pinball. The 80’s brought video games that pretty well spelled the end of the pinball era. One by one the iconic pinball makers went out of business, Chicago Coin, Gottlieb, Bally, and finally even Williams; leaving only Stern remaining and making very few pinball games at that. I must admit to playing the occasional game of Pac-Man or Donkey Kong, but video games never captured my imagination or devotion like the randomness of pinball.
Over the years I became less interested in playing pinball and more interested in how these complex machines work and how to restore these dinosaurs back to life after sitting in a garage for many dusty years. Some of the machines in our arcade are more than 40 years old and have been lovingly restored so they work today as well as they did in 1972.
You will also find a number of giant-sized old-fashioned board games in our arcade. These came about from my fond memories of playing never-ending games of Monopoly, Scrabble, and Risk with my sisters into the wee hours of the morning. Invariably, these games eventually ended with “he cheated”, some hair pulling, or the game-ending tactic of throwing the board in the air and sending all of the pieces flying. We made the pieces giant sized, so we don’t need to worry about board throwing, but please no hair pulling.
Fast forward to 2014. I finally got my cheerleader! My wife Lynn was crazy enough to support me when we decided to start the original Tilt! Pinball and is my partner in every way. We hope you will stop in and play a few games.
Mark grew up playing pinball and video games on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. Ocean City had Blue Laws - laws that prohibited certain businesses from being open on Sundays - so the local arcade opened at 12:01 AM Monday morning and from time to time, Mark could be found waiting for the doors to open.
Freshman year in college, at CU Boulder, Mark had studied hard for his Chemistry final and took some time to wind down before going to take the test by playing Black Knight 2000 at the UMC (University Memorial Center, it's what the student center is called). Mark had a hell of day on that machine and played several games and had racked up many free credits by the time he realized he was late for him Chem final. Oops.
Fast forward to 2014, "My daughter came home from the last day of sixth grade and told me about the new pinball arcade that had opened in town that everyone was talking about. I assumed it had coordinated its opening with last day of school but found out it had actually been open for weeks- I had missed WEEKS of playing pinball!" Mark started hanging around quite a bit to the point that when Steve first met Mark's wife Carolyn, he remarked, "I've never met a pinball widow before". And when Mark went on vacation, he felt compelled to let Steve know not to worry, that business would pick up again in a couple weeks when he got back.
Mark joined the inaugural pinball league and came in second (losing in the finals to a guy with a broken arm. Thanks, Jeremy). Mark did take first place in the next league but as word got out, more and more good players showed up for subsequent leagues and he hasn't placed that high since. "Just like with guitar, I get reminded once in a while that there are people out there who are better than me."
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