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One Tank Trips: The Silverball Museum Arcade In Asbury Park

Silverball Museum Arcade in Asbury Park (file / credit: Silverball Museum)

Silverball Museum Arcade in Asbury Park (file / credit: Silverball Museum)

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - Each Wednesday, we take you to a nearby destination in our series “One Tank Trips.”

For this week’s trip, we visited the Jersey Shore.

You’ll want to limber up your flipper fingers and head down to Asbury Park. If you’re a pinball wizard, the Silverball Museum Arcade on the boardwalk is a feast for the senses.

Owner Rob Ilvento, the man behind Cluck-U-Chicken, turned his childhood passion into a pinball palace featuring close to 200 vintage games from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and so on.

“It archives Americana. If you look at the artwork, it really tells the history of this country just by the artwork of the games,” Ilvento told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

There’s also a table-top baffle ball game from 1932. There are games featuring Evil Knievel, KISS, and even Elton John as Captain Fantastic.

“Old is in again. So I think this was great entertainment,” Ilvento said. “We went away from it for a while. But you come back and you appreciate it. Maybe you appreciate it more and say, ‘Wow. This was great.’ Maybe sitting on the couch playing whatever the games that everybody plays — but point is at least you gotta stand up. Everybody has a pinball groove. You see we take pictures of people playing, swerving their hips, and banging the knees,” Ilvento said.

The museum is keeping the shore tradition alive.

“For generations to come, this will be a place where you can say, ‘Daddy, I played these games!’ and he could say, ‘I did too,’ and then the grandfather says, ‘I did as well.'”

The museum is located at 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712. You can find more information at its website.

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