Jacksonville, FL (9820 Atlantic Blvd)

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Photo of the 2.0 exterior in April 2023 (PC: Chuck E. Cheese Jacksonville)



9820 Atlantic Blvd, Store #62 is a Chuck E. Cheese that opened in 1980 with the Rock-A-Fire Explosion.

This location is the second-ever Showbiz Pizza Place location and is one of the oldest locations in operation.

Stages

When this location first opened in 1980, it would feature the first Rock-A-Fire Explosion to be viewed publicly. This location would end up replacing their show for the updated, standardized characters in 1981 because the originals apparently had weak or hollow aluminum inside the characters.

In 1991 Jacksonville would undergo Concept Unification, and would keep the original prototype instruments used since opening day.

Jacksonville would receive Studio C in 1999 and would keep it up to 2022. The Studio C show was continuously updated, as per CEC's request. This included but was not limited to, replacing Chuck E.'s outfit and ridding the stage of its Interactive Console and Bluescreen camera in the 2010s.

On November 19th, 2022 the location would have their Studio C removed in favor of the Dance Floor as part of the CEC 2018 2.0 Remodel Program and later used for parts, the Dance Floor would finally be installed later on.

Stage Installed Removed
The Rock-afire Explosion August 1980 1991
3-Stage 1991 1999
Studio C Alpha 1999 November 2022
Dance Floor + Video Wall November 2022 Still in Use.

History

Showbiz Pizza Place

Jacksonville, FL opened its doors on August 14th, 1980 as the second Showbiz Pizza Place location and the first store in Florida. The Rock-afire Explosion animatronic band made their first public appearance in this store. Crowds were drawn to the showroom, as people were amazed by the high-tech, cheap, family-oriented, and fun entertainment--while also being utterly unaware of the success and impact it would leave for years to come. Showbiz's deal with Creative was only the beginning of its legacy. The imagery of this store and its show were commonly used in ads, postcards, and other promotional materials for Showbiz Pizza Place and Creative Engineering.

Acquisition and Remodels

On August 31, 1987, SPP acquired Jacksonville which would later be remodeled in 1991 during the unification of Pizza Time Theatre and Showbiz Pizza locations to be under one appearance. Shortly after, in 1995, the restaurant would be one of 126 stores repositioned and remodeled, receiving Phase 1 in the process. With the addition of Studio C, the showroom would require modifications to accommodate for the show.

In 2005 / 2006 the location would remodel and expand into the neighboring Western Auto shop for extra space for the arcade. In October and November 2022, the location would be remodeled for the final time for CEC 2.0.

Videos

Link Description Filming/Published Date
link Exterior shot and footage of the 3-Stage and arcade as a ShowBiz Pizza Place. 1980s
link Exterior shot and small footage of the 3-Stage and arcade in 1991. 1991
link People celebrating a pizza party at this location in 2006. September 26th, 2006
link A tour of the location in 2022. March 12th, 2022
link A look into the backstage area of the former Studio C Alpha. June 9th, 2022
link Exterior shot and small footage of the dance floor, backstage, arcade, and bathrooms in 2023. April 1st, 2023

Gallery

Animatronics

Animatronic Serial Number Whereabouts
Beta Rolfe DeWolfe 7-80 1-1 Unknown
Beta Dook Larue 7-80 2-1 Unknown
Beta Fatz Geronimo 7-80 3-1 Unknown
Beta Beach Bear 7-80 4-1 Unknown
Beta Mitzi Mozzarella 7-80 5-1 Unknown
Beta Billy Bob 7-80 6-1 Unknown
Beta Looney Bird 7-80 7-1 Unknown
Beta Choo Choo 7-80 8-1 Unknown
Beta Sun 7-80 10-1 Unknown
Beta Moon 7-80 11-1 Unknown
Beta Antioch N/A Unknown
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 4-81 1-20 Destroyed
Pasqually / Dook Larue 4-81 2-20 Destroyed
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 4-81 3-20 Destroyed
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 4-81 4-20 Destroyed
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 4-81 5-20 Destroyed
Billy Bob 4-81 6-20 Unknown
Pizzacam / Looney Bird 4-81 7-20 Destroyed
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo 4-81 8-20 Destroyed
Building / Sun 4-81 10-20 Destroyed
Moon 4-81 11-20 Destroyed
Antioch N/A Destroyed
Wink N/A Destroyed
Chuck E. Cheese 32m (Animatronic) 048 Destroyed
Bird (Animatronic) N/A Destroyed
Pizza Time Clock N/A Destroyed
Pizza Phone N/A Destroyed