Bayside arcade closes after nearly 30 years

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Peter Pan Games, a popular arcade in Bay Terrace, has closed.THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan
Peter Pan Games, a popular arcade in Bay Terrace, has closed.

Game over.

Peter Pan Games, a popular arcade in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, has closed after nearly 30 years.

The owner of the video game house, who could not be reached, chose not to renew his lease, officials said.

“It appears with all of the latest technology with games, so many younger folks are able to play at home,” said Mary Hughes, vice president of leasing at Cord Meyer Development, which rents the space.

“We are sad to see the doors close,” Hughes said.

Peter Pan Games was located at 212-93 26th Avenue on the upper level of the shopping center. Gamers enjoyed crazes like Dance Dance Revolution there as well as classic Skee Ball, Pac Man, claw machines and air hockey.

“It’s a shame,” said 13-year-old Shawn Choi. “A lot of people have fun there. There are no arcades around here.”

Smiles Entertainment Center in College Point went out of business years ago.

An online search showed only two operating mom-and-pop Queens arcades: Funtopia at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village and Kids Fun House at 62-73 Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood.

There are also two Chuck E. Cheese’s franchise arcades in Flushing and Long Island City.

“I’m sad it closed,” said Dylan Morrow, 23. “I used to go there all the time. But I haven’t gone in a while now that I got older. That’s a bummer. All these kids are playing video games in their houses now with their crazy Xboxes.”

 

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