Irving, TX (3903 W Airport Fwy)

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Irving featured in Blueprint Magazine (2022)


Irving, TX (3903 W Airport Fwy), Store #81 is a Chuck E. Cheese's that opened in 1988 under the name Showbiz Pizza with Chuck E.'s House.

This location is featured in training material, advertisements, and is one of the several test sites for new attractions.

The interior shots for Chuck E. Cheese in the Galaxy 5000 and Closing Time intermission were also filmed at this location.

Stages

Their Chuck E.'s House lasted up to early 1994, when it would be replaced for the first finalized 1-Stage. This 1-Stage in particular had special outfits for Jasper and Helen but would be removed before 2006.

As time went on, the show started to show its age, and started to become broken and beyond disrepair. In 2019 the 1-Stage is removed, and the animatronics are used for parts and stored at the Arlington, TX store. The Showroom relocated into the skills area and the skills area is moved to where the Showroom originally was. In 2021 they updated their Showroom to include the Video wall and recently replaced dance floor.

History

3903 W Airport Fwy, Irving, TX opened as a Showbiz Pizza on September 27, 1988. In 1991 and 1994, they filmed a collection of training tapes for employees. 1994 is also the year this location remodeled for the first time and received Phase I and the 1-Stage show concept. Between 1997 and 2000 they expand the skills area for more games and seating.

In 2004 they received an early version of the "Cool Chuck" remodel. Shortly after in 2006 they tested the "Token Card" and "Chuck E-Tickets" system, an alternative way to play games. This would be the predecessor to the Play-Pass and E-Tickets, that would utilize the same concepts as before.

On July 21st, 2006, Cheesevention III would be hosted at the location, along with the now closed Richardson, TX location.

This location got the prototype Ticket Blaster in 2008, because of its positive reception it was replaced with a finalized version in 2009. Then In 2010, the original street sign was replaced and bought closer towards to building. Around this time, they would also majorly downsize their Skytubes to fit in a smaller area.

On July 23rd, 2011, Cheesevention 8 would be hosted at the location as well.

In 2015 the location received its third remodel, receiving new art, multicolored walls, and a refurbished exterior. Accompanying this was a short-lived area called "Chuck E. Cheese's Spectacular Boardwalk", a small area that had Milk Jug Toss, "Gold Fishin", and "Down the Clown". This would be its shortest-lived remodel because in 2019 they would remodel into the new "2.0" design then would finally be featured in advertisements from that point forward. The store would then remodel again by the Summer of 2021 to relocate the showroom in favor of installing a Video Wall to be used for filming Live Shows up until around early 2023.

Videos

Link Description Published / Filmed
https://dwyadenfamilyarchives.smugmug.com/Dan-and-Julie/Jake-Yaden/Jake-Yaden-Video-1990-Original/i-x6z3RjX Family visits store 1990
https://youtu.be/ma7Y3xUDSes Birthday January 11, 1991
https://youtu.be/gL6ytQ0eHnc Birthday October 23, 1991
https://youtu.be/XrvfuMAnb0U Birthday April 21, 1993
https://youtu.be/XvMtk5yaqDc Summertime 2006 Show Segment 2 Oct 17, 2006
https://youtu.be/1cie6V50ZHc "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" 2010
https://youtu.be/bFkSeo7eNbY "Rockin' Robot" June, 27 2014
https://youtu.be/zHxbUnhawkM "Nobody Knows" June, 27 2014
https://youtu.be/NXE2FUYe7aY "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" June, 27 2014
https://youtu.be/ibS_eHBM42U Animatronics June 2, 2015
https://youtu.be/IyI7wMAY3bE Store Tour July 26, 2016
https://youtu.be/DJYbANMPTpI "In The Future" September 30, 2016
https://youtu.be/ZGci7j35pyI "Trick Or Treat" October 27, 2016
https://youtu.be/IqB1aZsRyyQ Store Tour January 4, 2017
https://youtu.be/d7DcVAPU05I Store Tour April 8, 2017
https://youtu.be/xL6UE3P6jiU "Keep Drummin'" April 15, 2017
https://youtu.be/rd68JNmW-vs Live Stream July 25, 2019
https://youtu.be/XV1wKIt_yOY Store Tour September 17, 2021

Gallery

Animatronics

Animatronic Manufacturing Date Whereabouts
Chuck E Cheese (Cyberamic) 1980s? Owned by private collector
Guest Star / Helen Henny (Cyberamic) 1980s? Owned by private collector
Mr. Munch (Cyberamic) 1980s? Owned by private collector
Jasper T. Jowls (Cyberamic) 1980s? Owned by private collector
Pasqually (Cyberamic) 1980s? Owned by private collector
Birds (Animatronic) N/A Unknown
Singing Flowers (Cyberamic) N/A Unknown
Wink (Cyberamic) N/A Unknown