Chico, CA (966 East Ave)

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Chico, CA exterior, September 2010, still with the SPT 1992 Remodel exterior.

Chico, California, 966 East Ave, Store #230/3039 was a Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre that opened in July 1982 with a Balcony stage and closed on January 11th, 2011 as the only Fun Zone & Pizza.


The Chico, CA location opened with a Balcony Stage with Harmony Howlette, Madame Oink, and Helen Henny guest stars over the course of its decade run.

Chico would also house The King for a period of time, it is unknown when the character was removed.

At some point after 1988, the show was converted into the Chuck E.'s House Façade then finally converted into a 2-Stage in 1993.

It is unknown whether the location received any technical attention to their show whatsoever nearing its final years, the characters were in such a decrepit condition to a point where little to any movement was noticeable from the show.

As a result of the franchise losing the rights to use the CEC name for the location in 2011, the characters' internal mechanisms were removed, and have three of the animatronics retrofitted to generic animals with suits.

After the location's second closure, the animatronics would possibly end up being sold for $100.[1]


Chico opened July 1982 as a Pizza Time Theatre, and making it out through PTT's bankruptcy. In 1993 the location would remodel, possibly for the first and only time, and would receive at least two different game packages throughout the years.

During the last few years of Chico operating under the Chuck E. Cheese's brand, the animatronics had little to no maintenance and only certain movements would operate correctly. A common rumor is that they had stopped using prizes from CEC corporate and instead replaced them with dollar store toys; It's also been said that they served frozen pizza they had gotten from a nearby vendor.

In 2010 the store would fail to fund its own remodel to the CEC 2005 Remodel Program, only painting select walls. This decision would ultimately lead to corporate getting involved and revoking the franchise's license to the location once and for all.[2]

Because of this, the franchisee started Fun Zone & Pizza. Various pieces of CEC decor were either reskinned or hidden away from public viewing. Fun Zone would end up not pulling in the amount of money as the store's owner intended, so Fun Zone eventually had to close as well.

During closure, the store sold everything from the store decor, arcade machines, to even the Cyberamics' empty frames.

After the franchisee left the location for good, the store became a seasonal Halloween store at some point before becoming vacant once again in 2015.[3] The location was finally demolished in 2016 and replaced with DaVita Dialysis center. In 2019, Fun Zone's generic mascot costumes would show up on Facebook market place and would be sold for an unknown amount.

Arcade Machines

  • Dance Dance Revolution Extreme (Bootleg cabinet)
  • Jurassic Park (1994)
  • Daytona USA
  • Chuck E. Cheese's Circus
  • Photo Ride with Chuck E. Cheese
  • Hightops Basketball Arcade Machine
  • Wheel Of Fortune (2001)
  • Buzzy Buzzy Bee
  • Chuck E. Cheese's Trolley Car (Blue variant)
  • Puff the Magic Dragon Coin Operated Ride
  • Chuck E. Cheese's Air Hockey Table (1996)
  • Caveman Clobber
  • Dinoscore
  • Arctic Thunder
  • Cruis’n USA
  • Pot O’ Gold
  • Wheel Of Fortune (Coin Pusher)
  • Buddy Bear
  • Swamp Stomp
  • Spider Stompin’ (there were 2 of these)
  • Dunk N’ Alien
  • Dinospin
  • Goin’ Fishin’ / Fishin’ Fun


Link Description Filming Date Dancin’ All Night Long 2009 Birthday Star 2001 December 8th, 2007 Birthday Extravaganza 2008 2009 Birthday Extravaganza 2008 November 22nd, 2008 Chuck E. March 2001 November 22nd, 2008 Birthday video September 6th, 2008 The Infamous No More Chuck E. Cheese video May 2nd, 2011 Fun Zone's Closure September 18th, 2011 The vacant building 4 years later 2015



Animatronic Manufacturing Date Installed Removed Whereabouts
Chuck E Cheese (Cyberamic) 1981/1982 1982 2011 Destroyed
Guest Star / Helen Henny (Cyberamic) 1981/1982 1982 2011 Destroyed
Mr. Munch (Cyberamic) / Dog (Mr. Munch Retrofit) 1981/1982 1982 2011 / 2012 Unknown/Sold
Jasper T. Jowls (Cyberamic) / Lion (Jasper T. Jowls Retrofit) 1981/1982 1982 2011 / 2012 Unknown/Sold
Pasqually (Cyberamic) / Cow (Pasqually Retrofit) 1981/1982 1982 2011 / 2012 Unknown/Sold
Warblettes (Cyberamic) ??? 1982 1988 Unknown
Waving Flags (Cyberamic) ??? 1982 1988 / 1993 Unknown
Applause Board (Cyberamic) ??? 1982 1988 Unknown
Drum Board (Cyberamic) ??? 1982 1988 Unknown
The King / King Kat (Lounge) ??? 1982 Late 80's / Early 90's Unknown
Singing Flowers (Cyberamic) 1989/1990 1988 1993 Unknown
Wink (Cyberamic) 1990's 1993 2011 Unknown