Player One Amusement Group ( P1AG ), once Cineplex Starburst, is a canadian arcade game allocator. It is a auxiliary of Cineplex Entertainment, and was created via the consecutive mergers and acquisitions of Starburst Coin Machine, Brady Distributing, Premier Amusements, Sega Amusement Works, Tricorp Amusements, and Dandy Amusements. The caller besides owns Playdium, a large entertainment center in Mississauga, Ontario .
history [edit ]
- 1944 – Brady Distributing established
- 1949 – Premier Amusements established (Premier Amusements originally started as Melody Music Company)
- 1974 – Sega Amusement Works (SAW) established. Formally, Sunshine Company.
- 1975 – Starburst Coin Machine established
- 1982 – Tricorp Amusements established
- 1994 – Playdium established
- 2007 – Starburst Coin Machine acquires Playdium and Premier Amusements
- 2012 – Starburst Coin Machine and Cineplex Entertainment partner to create Cineplex Starburst (also known as CSI)
- 2015 – Brady Distributing and Cineplex Starburst partner to create Brady Starburst
- 2016 – Tricorp Amusements and SAW acquired by Cineplex Starburst
- 2016 – Cineplex Starburst, Brady Starburst, Premier Amusements, Tricorp Amusements and SAW become “Player One Amusement Group”
- 2017 – Dandy Amusements acquired by Player One Amusement Group
- 2020 – Mississauga Playdium permanently closed
- 2021 – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia location opens
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Playdium [edit ]
Playdium is a family entertainment center chain owned by Cineplex Entertainment through its auxiliary Player One Amusement Group. The early flagship placement in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada launched as Sega City @ Playdium near Square One Shopping Centre on September 7, 1996. The 11 acres ( 480,000 sq foot ) center monetary value CA $ 17 million to build and included an arcade, batting cages, go-karts and mini-golf. A partnership with Sega GameWorks, it featured many arcade games from that company such as Daytona USA, and eight-player rush setups for Indy 500 ( as Virtua Indy ) and Manx TT Super Bike. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] Indy 500 remains available today. [ 4 ] In 1999, the center was renamed to Playdium. The company opened up two more locations in Brampton and Whitby in recently 2019. The main build is 40,000 square feet ( 3,700 m2 ) and included over 200 attractions. Some arcade games include Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, Luigi’s Mansion Arcade, Pac-Man’s Arcade Party and two Pump It Up machines ( Pump It Up 2017 Prime 2 and Pump It Up 2015 Prime ). [ 4 ] The arcade was previously curated into themed “ communities ” such as Contact, Music, Speed and Sports, but this is nobelium long the sheath. [ 5 ] Play credit rating and tickets for games are loaded on a digital game calling card and can be purchased in units to use at any time or in time blocks of two hours. While all games require accredit, redemption games can not use time blocks and may besides award digital tickets to successful players. A few other machines besides can not use time blocks. Cards from Player One brands are not exchangeable. For model, a Playdium wag can not be used at Xscape, or vice versa. A baseball attic, once with a Toronto Blue Jays partnership, operates year-round and has nine variable-speed bat cages. There is besides a Megabytes fast food restaurant on the bet on floor and a full-service mezzanine dining car. Megabytes now features marketing similar to Cineplex concession stands and OutTakes restaurants, though at lower prices, while besides incorporating a choice of Pizza Pizza and Starbucks menu items. [ 6 ] Past cross-promotional partners included HMV Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays ( indoor bat cages, baseball camps, and coupons on Blue Jays tickets ), the Molson Indy Toronto ( the 1.2 miles ( 1.9 kilometer ) outdoor go-kart track was once known as the Mario Andretti Racetrack ), and Roots ( the lounge was once known as the Roots Treehouse ). The outdoors besides include an 18-hole miniature golf, and Water Wars.
The caller operated four Playdium locations at its point : Mississauga ( following to the Square One Shopping Centre ), Toronto ( next to Scotiabank Theatre Toronto ), Edmonton ( inside the West Edmonton Mall ) and Burnaby ( inside Metropolis at Metrotown and host of official Dance Dance Revolution tournaments in 2000 and 2001 ). [ 7 ] [ 8 ] Though the Playdium brand did exist in smaller arcades that are now known as Cinescape or Xscape. The Rec Room is a apparitional successor to Playdium near the former Toronto localization and at the former West Edmonton Mall location. A newly Rec Room placement took over the early target at Square One Shopping Centre in 2019. Despite this, future plans regarding the nearby Playdium location have so far to be announced. [ 9 ] The company besides operates The Playdium Store, which retails arcade games and assorted early home entertainment solutions. On October 15, 2020 it was announced that Playdium would permanently close on November 1st in Mississauga due to renovation of the sphere however its locations in Brampton and Whitby will remain open. [ 10 ] On February 20 2021 Playdium opened its placement in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. [ 11 ] Playdium Movie Magic was a DVD video rental shop class that operated using automated retail kiosks. [ 12 ] It launched in early 2011 and closed in belated 2016. Competitors included Le SuperClub Vidéotron, Redbox and Zip.ca kiosks. reverse to these, Playdium rentals were location-specific and could only be returned at the original booth where the DVD was rented.
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