Fort Smith, AR (1200 S Waldron Rd)

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1200 S Waldron Rd, Store #301 was a Showbiz Pizza Place that opened in 1988 (month and day unknown) with a Rock-Afire Explosion, and is still open to this day.

It is located in the Central Mall Shopping Center. It is also the 2nd to last Showbiz Pizza to open.

History

Fort Smith opened in 1988 and had a Rock-Afire Explosion like every other Showbiz. It was also the 2nd to last location to open and was originally a franchised location until October 1st, 1990, when it was bought by corporate along with Fayetteville, AR (1330 N College Ave). Around 1991 or 1992, they would receive Concept Unification and receive some decor, remove Showbiz Pizza decor, and a new exterior. In the Mid 1990's, They would receive either Phase 1 or Phase 2 which added a lot of 1990s decor and assets such as the Record Posters and Colored Chase Lights. They would remain like this until 2005-2006 when they received the 2005 Update to the 2003 "Cool Chuck" Reconfiguration / Major Remodel Initiative removing the Showroom walls, Balcony Seating, and 90s decor. They would remain like this until they received the 2.0 remodel in August 2018 removing the 3-Stage for the Dance Floor. Strangely, they kept the 2005 Update booths. As of January 2023, they still have the 2.0 remodel and the Dance Floor.

Stages

Originally when the store opened, they had a Rock-Afire Explosion like every other Showbiz location, but possibly came from a closed Showbiz. In 1991 or 1992, they would undergo Concept Unification, this was the process used to convert the RAE characters into the Chuck E. Cheese characters. They would still have this until October 2018 when they received the 2.0 remodel and removed the 3-Stage for the Dance Floor.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
Rock-Afire Explosion 1988 1991-1992 2nd to last Showbiz Pizza store. Last to open in Arkansas. Possibly came from a closed Showbiz Pizza store.
3-Stage 1991-1992 October 2018 Underwent Concept Unification just like the others in the state.
Dance Floor October 2018 Still in use 2017 Model. First 2.0 in Arkansas.

Arcade Machine

Skill

  • Chuck E. Cheese's Sketch Book
  • Ice Age: Ice Breaker
  • Pump Jump
  • Teeter Totter Castle
  • Jumpin' Fantasy
  • Full Tilt
  • Made Wave Motion Theater
  • H2Overdrive
  • Ticket Troopers
  • Jurassic Park Arcade
  • Black Hole
  • Pigs Might Fly
  • Rockin' & Rollin'
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Big Bass Wheel
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Dizzy Chicken
  • Terminator Salvation
  • Jackpot Extreme
  • Milk Jug Toss
  • Fast & Furious SuperCars
  • Willy Crash
  • Aliens Extermination
  • Pac-Man Chomp Mania
  • Flying Tickets
  • Sonic Blast Ball
  • NBA Hoops
  • Alley Roller Classic
  • Nicktoons Nitro
  • Slam-A-Winner
  • Lets Go Jungle
  • Avengers
  • Space Invaders Frenzy
  • Big Win Super Spin
  • Real Heros Fire Rescue
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Pop It for Gold
  • Paw Patrol
  • Graveyard Smash
  • Redhot
  • Sideshow
  • Robin Hood
  • CEC Street Hoops
  • 2 Minute Drill
  • Cruisi'n Blast
  • Water Blast

Coin Action

  • Winners' Wheel
  • The Price Is Right

Kiddie

Animatronics

Animatronic Serial Code Whereabouts
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe ?-8? 1-?? Unknown
Pasqually / Dook Larue ?-8? 2-?? Unknown
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo ?-8? 3-?? Unknown
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear ?-8? 4-?? Unknown
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella ?-8? 5-?? Unknown
Billy Bob ?-8? 6-?? Unknown
Pizzacam / Looney Bird ?-8? 7-?? Unknown
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo ?-8? 8-?? Unknown
Building / Sun ?-8? 10-?? Unknown
Moon ?-8? 11-?? Unknown
Antioch N/A Unknown
Wink N/A Unknown

Gallery

Videos

Link Description Date Filmed Date Published Credit to
Link A Video Documenting Fort Smith's History June 13, 2023 June 13, 2023 Josiah Abner

References