Akron, OH (2779 West Market St)

From Cheese-E-Pedia
Akron's exterior as of October 2022

2779 West Market St, Store #553 is a Chuck E. Cheese's location in Akron, Ohio that opened on October 25th, 1993, with a 1 Stage. Like North Olmsted and Mentor, it should not be confused with Akron, OH (1984 Brittain Rd), which was a Pizza Time Theatre or Akron, OH (2511 Romig Rd), which was a Showbiz Pizza Place.

History

Pre-CEC

Akron's A&P would open its doors on January 23rd, 1963, and closed on December 23rd, 1972. Then in Spring 1973, it became Craft-N-Flower World, which would remain open until it's closure sometime in fall 1992. Construction of the building as CEC would start shortly after.

CEC

Akron opened as CEC on October 25 1993 with a 1-Stage. The store kept two Pizza Time Theatre posters, BatMunch and Close Encounters of the Bird Kind, and it would become the final store with PTT posters inside. The store remained relatively unchanged until May 2022, when it would get 2.0. The stage was removed on July 27, 2022 and replaced with the Dance Floor. The store's Grand Reopening took place on October 5th, 2022.

Stage History

Stage Installed Removed
1 Stage October 1993 July 27, 2022
Dance Floor July 2022 In Use

Animatronics

Animatronic Manufactured Status
Chuck E. Cheese (Cyberamic) 1993 Removed July 2022, Remains owned by a private collector.
Helen Henny (Cyberamic) 1993 Removed July 2022, Remains owned by a private collector.
Mr Munch (Cyberamic) 1993 Removed July 2022, Remains owned by a private collector.
Jasper T. Jowls (Cyberamic) 1993 Removed July 2022, Remains owned by a private collector.
Pasqually (Cyberamic) 1993 Removed July 2022, Remains owned by a private collector.
Wink (Cyberamic) 1993 Removed July 2022, Unknown

Gallery

Videos

Link Description Year
https://youtu.be/XK8Az2zKNsw?t=2844 Akron's location installation mentioned in a CEC TV '93 ID spot September 14, 1993
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXQU0YjSF7o Footage of the 1-Stage performing Chuck E's Variety Show & Chuck E. March 2000
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3T5h6_QS2I The 1-Stage performing Out of This World 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7xI2GqBFbc Store Tour 2022, just months before 2.0 2022
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A921c52c1HU Store Tour during the 2.0 Remodel 2022
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Gqkr52wig Showroom Tour, 2022 2022
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR3pyTS_EqU Tour of the 2.0 Remodel 2022