The distinctive pings. The flashing lights. The swish of the flippers making that last second save...or not.
Stepping inside Hollywood Candy in the Old Market is almost like stepping inside a time machine and on Tuesday there will be a little slice of nostalgia tucked away in the shop. A fully operational pinball museum will greet guests who want to try their hand at one of the most popular games of the last 50 years.
Hollywood Candy owner Larry Richling says he didn't intend on opening a pinball museum in his store, but when the opportunity presented itself, he just couldn't say no. "A guy that use to work for me called and said that he was gonna sell some of his pinball machines that he had. I went to his home to see what he had and he said, 'I'm gonna sell my pinball machines,' and I said, 'All of them?' I was thinking, 'Wow, this is a little more than I though.'" Out of that deal, Richling took ownership of 40 pinball machines from the 1960-1968.
Richling says the pinball museum will cover the history of pinball from its humble beginnings up til modern machines. "All the way around the top of this room are games that came out of the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, probably 70's even and this is how pinball started. These games were actually a pin and a ball that bounced off. There was no electric to them or anything like that, so that's kinda where the name pinball started out.
The distinctive ping of a new high score being made. The whir of the small, metal ball as it shoots up the ramp. The familiar sounds of one of the most iconic games...pinball. May 1st ushers in a new month, and a new attraction in Omaha. On Tuesday a one of a kind pinball museum will open at the popular Hollywood Candy shop in the Old Market. Owner Larry Richling gave NewsRadio 1110 KFAB a tour of the museum and shared a little bit of pinball history.