Sheffield, AL (4700 Hatch Blvd)

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4700 Hatch Blvd, Store #2091 was a Showbiz Pizza Place that opened on August 1st, 1984, as an independently franchised location with a Rock-Afire Explosion and is still open to this very day.

History

Sheffield opened its doors on August 1st, 1984, as the tenth and last Showbiz Pizza store in Alabama. Like many other ShowBiz Pizza locations, it had a typical SPP layout as seen in many other stores across the United States. Sheffield received the 1988 remodel in 1988-1989 removing older SPP decor for newer decor, a slight exterior remodel, and received the Showbiz Pizza Campground upgrade. Unfortunately, there is hardly any documentation of Sheffield back then. In 1991, Sheffield received Concept Unification removing all SPP decor for newer decor, added an exterior change, and removed the Rock-Afire Explosion band for the 3-Stage. In the early-mid 90's, Sheffield underwent a minor remodel removing some decor for newer decor. Around the Late 90's, Sheffield received the so-called "Phase 2" remodel removing older 90's decor, adding newer decor, another exterior change, and SkyTubes. Sheffield would remain like this until 2006-2007 when they received the 2005 remodel removing the Showroom Walls, Balcony Seating, removing older 2000's decor for newer decor, a new exterior change, and the relocation of the stage. Sheffield remained like this until 2020 when they received the 2.0 remodel, removing the 3-Stage for the Dance Floor. Strangely, the 2005 Remodel (Phase 4) signs on the building and in the road were kept. Currently, as of February 2023, Sheffield still has the 2.0 remodel and the Dance Floor.

Stages

Originally, Sheffield featured a Rock-Afire Explosion, as all other Showbiz locations did. Unfortunately, there are no photos or videos to exist of Sheffield with the Rock afire, or as a ShowBiz in general. they got Concept Unification sometime in 1991. In 2020, Sheffield removed the 3-Stage for the Dance Floor for their 2.0 remodel.

Stage Intalled Removed Notes
RockAfire Explosion July 1984 1991 Tenth and last Showbiz Pizza store to open in Alabama.
3-Stage 1991 2020 One of 7 Showbiz locations in Alabama to receive Concept Unification.
Dance Floor 2020 Still in Use 2019 Model. First 2.0 in Alabama.

Animatronics

Animatronic Serial Number Whereabouts
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe N/A Unknown
Pasqually / Dook Larue N/A Unknown
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo N/A Unknown
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear N/A Unknown
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella N/A Unknown
Billy Bob N/A Unknown
Pizzacam / Looney Bird N/A Unknown
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo N/A Unknown
Building / Sun N/A Unknown
Moon N/A Unknown
Antioch N/A Unknown
Wink N/A Unknown

Videos

Link Description Date Filmed Date Published
Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza: Best Of CEC TV 1993 (Sheffield, AL, 1993) [1] Footage of the show in 1993 Jul 2, 1993 Aug 21, 2021

Trivia

  • Sheffield was the tenth and last ShowBiz Pizza Place to open in Alabama.
  • Sheffield was one of seven ShowBiz locations in Alabama to be converted into Chuck E. Cheese. The other six are Mobile, Huntsville, Montgomery, Birmingham, Birmingham (Roebuck), & Dothan. 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.
  • This is also the last Franchised location in Alabama as the others were either bought out by Corporate or closed.