A brand new documentary explores what happens to one vibrant arcade community once the arcade closes its doors.
Actually LOVE this trailer, think it brings back some nostalgia, and brings some hyper with it, this is a documentary that could be worth a watch, let us know if you have seen it in the comments below.
When the city’s beloved Chinatown Fair arcade shuttered in February 2011, beset by rising rents and a shifting gaming industry, it disbanded a tightly-knit group of people who found both solace and acceptance among its packed rows of game towers. The arcade and its impact on its community, both the one inside its walls and the neighborhood it stands in, is the subject of new documentary The Lost Arcade by Kurt Vincent and Irene Chin. This isn’t a story about loss; rather, it’s a story about second chances. Chinatown Fair reopened in 2012 under a different business model that stripped it of its status as the last coin-operated arcade in Manhattan, but it’s still a functioning arcade nonetheless. We caught up with Irene Chin before the film’s November 14 premiere at IFC Center as part of DOC NYC to chat about The Lost Arcade and the legacy of one of Chinatown’s most fabled institutions.
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