May 20

News : A bit of nostalgia: Pinball arcade opening in Delray Beach (Silverball II) : SunSentinel

Rob Ilvento talks about his opening of the Silverball Museum pinball arcade in Delray Beach Florida.  This is Rob’s second pinball arcade that he is opening.  I live about 30 mins from the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park NJ owned by Rob and its’s a fantastic place with so many vintage and modern pinball machines.

Read my articles on the Silverball Musuem in NJ.

Review of Silverball NJ :

The Hobbit Pinball Machine at NJ :

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Ms. Pac-Man is chomping her way into Delray Beach.

The 1980s sensation will occupy a spot at the Silverball Museum, a new arcade featuring 150 video games and pinball machines, some dating to the 1930s.

Rob Ilvento hopes to open the place at 19 N.E. Third Ave. within a week, though he says he doesn’t have an exact date because he’s waiting for final approvals from the city.

The two-story arcade has an Evel Knievel machine from 1977 and a vintage 1934 game dedicated to Army-Navy football.

Donkey Kong? Check. Skee Ball? Check.

Ilvento says kids will have a blast — and so will their parents and grandparents.

“Adults are our clients,” he said. “We have 50-, 60-, 70-year-old birthday parties all the time. Retirees are looking for something to do. They want to rekindle what they did in their childhood.”

The 9,000-square-foot building is a former nightclub just north of Atlantic Avenue. It’s the second location for Silverball, which opened seven years ago in Asbury Park, N.J.

Ilvento, 51, a Princeton, N.J., food product manufacturer, says only half-kiddingly that he picked Delray Beach because it gives him a good excuse to visit his parents, who retired here.

The site has 10 televisions, which will play whatever sport is in season. On weekdays, the TVs will carry cartoons, and a wall screen will play black-and-white movies.

The menu includes pizza, chicken tenders, hot dogs and $5 all-you-can-drink sodas. Eventually, Ilvento plans to appeal to more sophisticated palates with lobster rolls and crab cakes. Beer, wine and champagne also will be served.

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Thanks to SunSentinel and Pat Owers for the article and pictures.