Huntsville, AL (1220 Jordan Lane)

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Street View of the store's Exterior in January 2023 (PC: Google Maps)


1220 Jordan Lane, Store #705 was a Showbiz Pizza Place that opened on June 8, 1982 with a Rock-Afire Explosion, which is still open to this day.

This location received Concept Unification in the early 1990's, and has many custom things added to the stage, as well as having the last Pizzacam animatronic.

History

Huntsville opened on June 8th, 1982 as the 2nd ShowBiz Pizza store in Alabama (2nd after Mobile, AL (710 Downtowner Loop)) with a Rock-afire Explosion show. It was originally and currently, a corporate owned store. They would later end up receiving the 1988 Remodel removing the old Showbiz decor, and adding newer decor. In 1991, Huntsville received Concept Unification which removed the Rock-Afire for the 3-Stage and removed all Showbiz decor, added new decor, and a change to the exterior. Huntsville underwent another remodel in 1996/1997 which involved the removal of the Neon Signage, Blue and White Awnings, some checkers around the store, another exterior change. In 2001-2002, Huntsville would undergo a minor Phase 3 remodel which involved the removal of the Balcony Seating & the Showroom Walls. In 2006-2007, Huntsville received the 2005 Update to the 2003 "Cool Chuck" Reconfiguration / Major Remodel Initiative which removed all 1990's store art, dim lighting and adding purple walls. In around 2011-2012, Huntsville received the 2010 Update which involved redoing the front counter, repainting the exterior, adding another set of Emergency Exit Doors to the exterior, and expanding the store. As of March 2023, Huntsville is receiving the 2.0 remodel and has the Dance Floor and Video Wall.

Stages

Originally when the store opened, they had a Rock-Afire Explosion, as all other Showbiz locations did, and it stayed till they got a Billy Bob interactive at a unknown date, later it would have recive concept unifacation during 1991, this was the process used to turn the Rock-afire Explosion into Chuck E. Cheese and Munch's Make Believe Band. There has been many additions to the stage through the years, such as Munch's organ getting a custom front, Jasper keeping Beach Bear's guitar (painted red, white and blue), Helen having her cheerleader outfit and yellow hair (it was changed to her normal dress and hair in 2022), Pasqually having a custom bass drum head, as well as adding a tom-tom drum in 2022, Moon being painted white with an American flag on top (Huntsville is known for NASA), Pizzacam, who is also is called "Retro-Cam" which was the last one, had custom black plastic cosmetics, and a metal emblem on the back that states that the Huntsville location has the first black plastic Pizza/Retro-cam instead of the standard blue cosmetics , and Building was removed in 2021, but his spotlight remains functional, as well as the Wink being painted red white and blue. Sometime in 2022, the lights on the organ legs were changed to Red, Yellow, and Green from the original all red. They were the last 3-Stage in the state of Alabama. On March 29th, 2023 the 3-Stage was removed with it being replaced with a 2021 Model Dance Floor.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
Rock-Afire Explosion June 1982 1991 2nd Showbiz Pizza store to open in Alabama.
Billy Bob Interactive Unknown Unknown Zero documentation but is confirmed to have once been at the location by the manager 'Kirt Moore'
3-Stage 1991 March 2023 One of 7 Showbiz locations in Alabama to undergo Concept Unification. Formerly the last 3-Stage in the state of Alabama.
Dance Floor + Video Wall March 29, 2023 Still In Use 2021 Model. Also, this is the first Corporate store to remodel to 2.0 not because of damage to the store (Birmingham got 2.0 because of flood damage and Sheffield was remodeled to 2.0 under the choice of the store's Franchisee). 2nd location to undergo a full 2.0 exterior remodel (Sheffield yet again kept the logo from it's previous remodel)

Animatronics

Animatronic Serial Number Whereabouts
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 10-81 1-1 Owned by a private collector.
Pasqually / Dook Larue 10-81 2-1 Owned by a private collector.
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 10-81 3-1 Owned by a private collector.
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 10-81 4-1 Owned by a private collector.
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 10-81 5-1 Owned by a private collector.
Billy Bob 10-81 6-1 Unknown
Retro-Cam / Looney Bird 10-81 7-1 Mech destroyed. Cosmetics owned by the former technician, Kirt Moore.
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo 10-81 8-1 Unknown
Building / Sun 10-81 10-1 Owned by Kirt Moore.
Moon 10-81 11-1 Owned by a private collector.
Antioch N/A Unknown
Wink N/A Removed 3/29/23, destroyed or owned by a private collector.

Gallery

Videos

Link Description Filming Date Published Date
Link Huntsville's 3-Stage in the Early 1990's. Early 1990's March 6, 2017
Link Some footage showcasing the store, games, and 3-Stage back in November 2002. This was one of the first stores with a 3-Stage to remove their Showroom Walls alongside Savannah. November 16, 2002 March 20, 2023
Link Some footage showcasing the store, games, and 3-Stage back in 2005. 2005 March 8, 2023
Link Some kid riding the Bob the Builder ride. 3-Stage is shown in the background. August 2008 September 1, 2008
Link "Summertime" from Summer 2007 Segment 1 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. Birthday Star '09 then cuts off show at 2:30. July 2010 July 22, 2010
Link April 2013 Segment 1 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. April 18, 2013 April 27, 2013
Link Huntsville's 3-Stage being featured in a collaboration video. 2015 June 15, 2015
Link "Chuck E.'s Place 2017" from Show 3 2017 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. May/June 2017 June 2, 2017
Link "All I Want for Christmas" from Show 7 2018 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. December 2018 December 15, 2018
Link Store Tour from December 2018. December 2018 December 27, 2018
Link Tour of the Showroom back in August 2019. August 2019 August 25, 2019
Link "My Family" from Show 3 2019 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. August 2019 August 27, 2019
Link "Out of this World from Show 5 2016 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. August 2019 September 6, 2019
Link "Rockin' Robot" from the The Chuck E. Cheese Show being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. August 2019 September 9, 2019
Link "Holiday Fiesta" from Show 5 2019 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. December 2020 December 17, 2020
Link Party Place from Chuck E's Rockin' Rhymes being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. December 2020 December 21, 2020
Link A tour of the Private Party Room. December 2020 February 6, 2021
Link "Holiday Fiesta" from Show 5 2019 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. December 2020 February 8, 2021
Link "Dog Days of Summer" from Show 3 2021 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. June 2, 2021 June 2, 2021
Link Huntsville featured on the Sets, Streets & Eats YouTube channel. April 2022 April 24, 2022
Link A video showcasing the Huntsville 3-Stage during the Holidays. December 2022 December 23, 2022
Link A clip of my Family (Show 3 2019) & Ves Al Ratoncito (Show 2 2019) being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. February 25, 2023 February 25, 2023
Link Store Tour of the Store in March 2023. March 7, 2023 March 16, 2023
Link "Join the Party" from Chuck E. Cheese Summer of Fun 2022 Show being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. A lot of editing has been put into this video. March 7, 2023 March 16, 2023
Link "Trio" from Show 3 2017 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. March 7, 2023 March 16, 2023
Link "Game On" from Show 1 2020 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. March 7, 2023 March 16, 2023
Link "Ves Al Ratoncito" from Show 2 2019 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. Chuck E was being maintained in this video because of an air leak that occurred on that day. March 7, 2023 March 16, 2023
Link "I Dare You Not To Laugh" from Show 3 2021 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. Chuck E was being maintained in this video because of an air leak that occurred on that day. March 7, 2023 March 16, 2023
Link "Stay Positive" from Show 2 2021 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. March 7, 2023 March 16, 2023
Link "Disco Dancing Dinosaur Party" from Show 1 2020 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. March 7, 2023 March 16, 2023
Link "My Family" from Show 3 2019 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. March 7, 2023 March 16, 2023
Link "Disco Dancing Dinosaur Party" from Show 1 2020 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. One of the final videos before the 2.0 Remodel. March 24, 2023 March 28, 2023
Link "Ves Al Ratoncito" from Show 2 2019 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. One of the final videos before the 2.0 Remodel. March 24, 2023 March 30, 2023
Link "Stay Positive" from Show 2 2021 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. One of the final videos before the 2.0 Remodel. March 24, 2023 April 2, 2023
Link "I Dare You Not To Laugh" from Show 3 2021 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. One of the final videos before the 2.0 Remodel. March 24, 2023 April 2, 2023
Link "Trio" from Show 3 2017 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. One of the final videos before the 2.0 Remodel. March 24, 2023 April 6, 2023
Link "My Family" from Show 3 2019 being performed on Huntsville's 3-Stage. One of the final videos before the 2.0 Remodel. March 24, 2023 April 6, 2023
Link A Tribute to the store in the wake of the 2.0 Remodel. March 29, 2023 March 29, 2023

Trivia

  • Huntsville was the second ShowBiz Pizza Place in Alabama with Mobile opening less than 4 months earlier.
  • Huntsville was one of seven ShowBiz locations in Alabama to be converted into Chuck E. Cheese. The other six are Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, Birmingham (Roebuck), Dothan, & Sheffield. The other three ShowBiz locations Tuscaloosa, Cullman, & Midfield closed in December 1985 (Tuscaloosa), & April 1986 (Cullman & Midfield) respectively as they were the only three not to make it to Concept Unification. Midfield's show however ended up undergoing Concept Unification when it was installed at the Tallahassee location for the store's opening.

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