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Gold Mine (Parkdale Mall)

The Gold Mine at Westwood Mall, Houston, Texas.

Years active 1973-1988?
Number of games Dozens?
Located U. S. A.
Status Closed

Parkdale Mall is a mall located in Beaumont, Texas that opened in 1973. The owner of Parkdale Mall is CBL and Associates Properties, Inc. The mall's anchor stores included Dillard's, Forever 21 (known as XXI), JCPenney, Sears, and Stage. The former Macy's will become a combination between Dick's Sporting Goods, HomeGoods, and Five Below.

Gold Mine was a chain of arcades found inside various shopping malls across the United States from Hawaii to New York, along with some also existing in standalone locations. They were notable for having a mineshaft theme.

This location was replaced with Tilt, and was later succeeded by Tilt Studio, which has been in the mall since 2017.[1]

The arcade/personnel[]

Maxey "Chip" Potts was the manager at this arcade.

hopefully more tba at some point

Known games, video[]

  • Afterburner
  • Asteroids
  • Fire Truck
  • Gauntlet
  • Golden Axe
  • Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom
  • Return Of The Jedi
  • Street Fighter
  • Tecmo Bowl (multi-screen version)
  • Tempest
  • Time Traveler

(pinball)[]

  • Firepower
  • Flight 2000
  • Haunted House
  • Others

Trivia[]

  • Most of the pinball machines were in the back section of the arcade.
  • Gold Mine was owned by Nickels and Dimes Inc. (NDI) located in Carrollton, Texas. They also operated the Tilt and Electronic America chains as well until they finally decided to just focus on Tilt. All Gold Mines would either become Tilts or they were just closed down.
  • Montgomery Ward was a mail order and department store retailer which operated between 1872 and 2001 in the United States. Several of them had arcades, including the one in Parkdale Mall, which was located in the same wing as this Gold Mine.
  • Gold Mine (Parkdale Mall) video segment from PM Magazine TV show. The show explored many aspects of pop culture, which this "Video Game Fever" segment aired on March 10, 1981. This arcade, with one of its managers (Burt McCain?), also shared the spotlight with fellow Beaumont arcade Recreation Station.
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