Pasadena, TX (154 Fairmont Pkwy)

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Exterior before closure.


Pasadena, TX (154 Fairmont Pkwy) Store #691[1] was a Showbiz Pizza Place that opened on June 9, 1982 with a Rock-afire Explosion and closed as a Chuck E. Cheese's in February 2007 (day unknown) with a 3-Stage.

It was located in the Fairmont Junction shopping center. The store would be relocated to 5075 Fairmont Pkwy which opened with a Studio C 2000, 16m; that store is still operating to this day.

Stages

Originally when the store opened, they had a Rock-afire Explosion, as all other Showbiz locations did. They would have it for a few years until 1991, when they would undergo Concept Unification, this was the process used to turn the RAE into the CEC characters. They would have this until their closure in February 2007. Unfortunately, there are videos but hardly any photos of Pasadena, TX as a Showbiz Pizza or of their exterior.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
Rock-afire Explosion June 1982 1991 11th Showbiz Pizza store to open in Texas.
3-Stage 1991 February 2007 One of 17 Showbiz stores in Texas to undergo Concept Unification.

History

Pasadena opened as a corporate-owned Showbiz Pizza Place on June 9th, 1982. This was the 11th Showbiz Pizza Place in Texas (After San Antonio Ingram, Houston FM 1960, Houston Antoine, Houston Memorial, Austin Burnet, Fort Worth Trail Lake Dr, Austin Ben White, North Richland Hills, Richardson, & Houston Bellfort). Sadly, there is hardly any documentation of Pasadena when it was a Showbiz Pizza. They would receive the 1988 remodel a few years later removing old Showbiz decor for newer decor.

Pasadena received Concept Unification in 1991 which involved the removal of the Rock-afire Explosion for the 3-Stage, removal of all SPP decor for newer decor, and a change to the exterior. In the Mid-Late 90's, they received the Phase 2 remodel which removes early 90's decor, added newer decor and SkyTubes. This also applies to the exterior. They would remain like this until their closure in February 2007 (day unknown) when the store relocated down the street. It is unknown why they relocated, but could be assumed that the shopping center the location was in was abandoned and it was the only one open. After closure, they were abandoned for a year being filled by multiple businesses until they all closed to become a Dollar Tree. Currently, as of February 2023, the location is still a Dollar Tree.

Videos

Link Description Publish Date Filming Date
Link Footage of the animatronics believed to have been taken at this location. March 22nd, 2021 December 3rd, 1991
https://youtu.be/BvRfgqXawpU Footage of the store, with clips of the 3-stage performing "Rocket Man" from the January 1992 show. December 16, 2017 Early 1992

Gallery

Animatronics

Animatronic Serial Whereabouts
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 10-81 1-3 Owned by a private collector
Pasqually / Dook Larue 10-81 2-3 Unknown
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 10-81 3-3 Owned by a private collector
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 10-81 4-3 Unknown
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 10-81 5-3 Owned by a private collector
Billy Bob 10-81 6-3 Unknown
Pizzacam / Looney Bird 10-81 7-3 Unknown
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo 10-81 8-3 Unknown
Building / Sun 10-81 10-3 Unknown
Moon 10-81 11-3 Unknown
Antioch N/A Unknown
Wink N/A Unknown

References