Springfield, IL (2369 McArthur Ave)

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Street view of the exterior in September 2022 (PC: Google Maps)


2369 McArthur Ave, Store #47 is a Showbiz Pizza/Chuck E. Cheese that opened on April 22, 1982, as a corporate ShowBiz Pizza Place with a Rock-Afire Explosion and is still open to this day with the last of the Concept Unification 1-Stage It is located in the Town and Country Shopping Center.

History

Springfield opened its doors on April 22nd, 1982, as the 4th Showbiz Pizza store in Illinois (4th after Darien, Bloomingdale, Arlington Heights). It was originally and currently a corporate-owned store. Like many other ShowBiz Pizza locations, it had a typical SPP layout seen in many other stores across the United States and would eventually receive the 1988 remodel years after it would open. Although some little documentation exists back in the ShowBiz days, it can be determined that Springfield was one of several locations to receive an Uncle Klunk show package (and a Santa Claus retrofit package as well) sometime after opening. Like many ShowBiz locations in the late 1980s, Springfield received the Showbiz Pizza Campground upgrade.

In around 1991, Springfield received Concept Unification which converted the show to Munch's Make-Believe Band. In around the Mid-Late 1990's, Springfield received either Phase 1 or Phase 2 remodel which removed some early 90's decor and added new decor and SkyTubes. Springfield remained this way until Early 2011, when they received the 2005 remodel and the CU 1-Stage after Whitehall, PA (1000 Lehigh Valley Mall) (Which received it in around late 2010), and before Columbus, GA (3201 Macon Rd) (Which received it later in 2011). This also included tearing down the Showroom Walls & balcony seating, removing 90s decor, expanding the store, adding bright florescent lighting, & adding purple walls. As of November 2023, they still have the CU 1-Stage & the 2005 Remodel, and as of July 12, 2023, contains the very last CU 1-Stage in existence, as Whitehall's has been removed.

Stages

Originally, Springfield featured a Rock-Afire Explosion, as all other Showbiz locations did. Unfortunately, there are some photos but no videos to exist of Springfield with the Rock afire, or as a ShowBiz in general.

Sometime in 1991, Springfield received Concept Unification, converting the Rock afire into the Munch’s Make Believe Band 3-Stage.

In Early 2011, Springfield converted the 3-Stage into a CU 1-Stage.

As of July 12, 2023, Springfield has the last of this stage still around.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
Rock-Afire Explosion April 1982 1991 4th Showbiz Pizza store to open in Illinois.
3-Stage 1991 Early 2011 One of 10 Showbiz Pizza stores in Illinois to undergo Concept Unification.
CU 1-Stage Early 2011 Still in use One of three installed in-store. Last CU 1-Stage in existence. Last CEI bots in the state

Arcade Machines

Skill

  • Nerf Arcade
  • Monopoly Roll 'N Go
  • Jurassic Park Arcade
  • Birthday Party
  • Jackpot Xtreme
  • Full Tilt
  • Operation
  • Big Bass Wheel Pro
  • Water Blast
  • Milk Jug Toss
  • Kung Fu Panda Dojo Mojo
  • The Simpsons Soccer
  • Slam-A-Winner
  • Fruit Ninja FX
  • NBA Hoops (2 units)
  • Alley Roller Classic (6 units)
  • 2 Minute Drill
  • Spongebob Bikini Bottom Bowling
  • Avengers Coin Pusher (Single)
  • Sky Riders
  • Ice Man
  • Paw Patrol
  • Dead Heat Street Racing (2 units)
  • Mad Wave Motion Theater
  • Terminator Salvation
  • Big Win Super Spin
  • Frogger
  • Jumpin’ Fantasy
  • SideShow
  • Spongebob Ticket Coaster
  • Redhot
  • Fishbowl Frenzy
  • Deadstorm Pirates
  • Pump Jump
  • Robin Hood
  • Nicktoons Nitro Racing
  • Pop It for Gold

Coin Action

  • Spongebob Pineapple Arcade
  • The Price is Right Plinko
  • The Simpsons Kooky Carnival

Kiddie

Animatronics

Character Serial Status
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 7-81 1-16 In store.
Pasqually / Dook Larue 7-81 2-16 In store.
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 7-81 3-16 In store.
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 7-81 4-16 In store.
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 7-81 5-16 In store.
Billy Bob 7-81 6-16 Unknown/Destroyed
Pizzacam / Looney Bird 7-81 7-16 Owned by LKD Animatronics.
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo 7-81 8-16 Unknown/Destroyed
Building / Sun 7-81 10-16 Unknown/Destroyed
Moon 7-81 11-16 Unknown/Destroyed
Antioch N/A Unknown/Destroyed
Wink N/A Unknown/Destroyed

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