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Tilt
Classic shopping mall arcade chain

The former Town and Country Mall Tilt in Houston, Texas.

Years active 1972 - Present
Type Mall arcade
Located USA, Australia
Status 5 remaining

(early 2021)

Tilt, also known as Tilt Family Entertainment Center, is a chain of video arcades once found inside various shopping malls across the United States. Tilt is owned by Nickels and Dimes Incorporated (NDI), founded in Carrollton, Texas and currently headquartered in Celina, Texas.

The first Tilt! game room was in Six Flags Mall in 1972. It was founded by Craig Singer. At its peak, the chain had roughly 200 locations from Hawaii to New York, and two in New South Wales, Australia (Manly Fun Pier at Manly Wharf[1], and Miranda Westfield Shopping Centre in Sydney[2][3]). The original Tilt arcades remain in decline; while there were still 30 Tilt locations in 2016[4], at the end of 2019, just "over 15" remained open. As of February, 2021, only 5 Tilt locations remain.[5] NDI continues to open and operate Tilt Studio family entertainment complexes, which include arcade games plus food service and major attractions.

Contents

Locations[]

Arizona[]

Mesa[]

  • 1980 Main St. W.

Phoenix[]

  • Paradise Valley Mall

California[]

Bakersfield[]

  • 2701 Ming Ave.

Canoga Park[]

  • 6507 Fallbrook Avenue

Carlsbad[]

  • Westfield Plaza Camino Real Shopping Centre

El Cajon[]

  • 755 Parkway Plaza

Eureka[]

  • Bayshore Mall

Fairfield[]

  • Solano Town Center

Fresno[]

  • 523 Shaw Ave. E.

Hayward[]

  • Southland Mall

Laguna Hills[]

  • Laguna Hills Mall

Modesto[]

  • Vintage Faire Mall

Montebello[]

  • Montebello Town Center

Pasadena[]

  • Plaza Pasadena

Stockton[]

  • 4950 Pacific Avenue

Thousand Oaks[]

  • 446 Hillcrest Dr. #A
  • 560 Hillcrest Dr. W.

Tracy[]

  • West Valley Mall

Valencia[]

  • 24201 Valencia Blvd.
  • Westfield Valencia Town Center Shopping Centre

Victorville[]

West Covena[]

  • 531 Plaza Drive

Woodland[]

  • County Fair Mall

Colorado[]

Aurora[]

  • Town Center at Aurora

Florida[]

Lake Wales[]

  • Eagle Ridge Mall

Georgia[]

Atlanta[]

  • Galleria Specialty Mall

Hawaii[]

Aiea[]

  • Pearlridge Center

Hilo[]

  • 111 Puainako E. #576
  • Prince Kuhio Plaza

Kaneohe[]

  • Windward Mall

Waialua[]

  • 66-145 Kamehameha Highway

Waipahu[]

  • 94-144 Farrington Highway

Idaho[]

Twin Falls[]

  • Magic Valley Mall

Illinois[]

Alton[]

  • Alton Square

Bloomington[]

  • Eastland Mall

Champaign[]

  • Market Place Shopping Center

Rockford[]

  • North Towne Shopping Mall

Indiana[]

Evansville[]

  • Washington Square Mall

Fort Wayne[]

  • Glenbrook Shopping Center

Indianapolis[]

  • Circle Centre

Twin Falls[]

  • Magic Valley Mall

Iowa[]

Sioux City[]

  • Southern Hills Mall

Waterloo[]

  • Crossroads Center Waterloo

Kentucky[]

Florence[]

  • Florence Mall

Louisiana[]

Monroe[]

New Orleans[]

  • Plaza In Lake Forest

Massachusetts[]

Dartmouth[]

  • Dartmouth Mall

Michigan[]

Bay City[]

  • Bay City Mall

Minnesota[]

Burnsville[]

  • Burnsville Center

Missouri[]

Cape Girardeau[]

  • West Park Mall

Crestwood[]

Joplin[]

  • Northpark Mall

Springfield[]

St. Louis[]

South County Mall

St. Peters[]

  • Mid Rivers Mall

Montana[]

Billings[]

  • Rimrock Mall

New Jersey[]

Atlantic City[]

Phillipsburg[]

  • Phillipsburg Mall

Voorhees[]

  • Voorhees Town Center

New Mexico[]

Farmington[]

  • Animas Valley Mall

Gallup[]

  • Rio West Mall

North Carolina[]

Greensboro[]

  • Four Seasons Town Centre

Wilmington[]

  • Independence Mall

Ohio[]

Sandusky[]

  • Sandusky Mall

Oklahoma[]

Oklahoma City[]

  • Quail Springs Mall

Oregon[]

Medford[]

  • Rogue Valley Mall

Salem[]

  • Salem Centre Mall

Pennsylvania[]

Altoona[]

  • Logan Valley Mall

Bethel Park[]

  • South Hills Village

Erie[]

  • Millcreek Mall

Greensburg[]

  • Westmoreland Mall

Monroeville[]

  • Monroeville Mall

Tarentum[]

  • Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills

Tennessee[]

Kingsport[]

Texas[]

Amarillo[]

  • Westgate Mall

Arlington[]

Austin[]

  • Northcross Mall

Baytown[]

Beaumont[]

Brownsville[]

  • Sunrise Mall

Corpus Christi[]

  • Padre Staples Mall
  • Sunrise Mall

Dallas[]

  • Dallas Alley (The West End Marketplace)
  • Prestonwood Town Center
  • Valley View Center

Del Rio[]

  • Plaza Del Sol

Denton[]

El Paso[]

  • Sunland Park Mall

Friendswood[]

  • Baybrook Mall

Houston[]

Humble[]

Hurst[]

  • North East Mall

Irving[]

  • Irving Mall

Killeen[]

  • Killeen Mall

Laredo[]

  • Mall del Norte

Lewisville[]

  • Vista Ridge Mall

Pasadena[]

  • Pasadena Town Square

Plano[]

  • Collin Creek Mall

South Denton[]

  • Golden Triangle Mall

Temple[]

  • Temple Mall

Texas City[]

  • Mall of the Mainland

Victoria[]

  • Victoria Mall

Waco[]

Wichita Falls[]

  • Sikes Center

The Woodlands[]

  • Woodlands Mall

Utah[]

Murray[]

  • Fashion Place Mall

Virginia[]

Arlington[]

  • Ballston Common Mall

Bristol[]

  • Bristol Mall

Newport News[]

  • Patrick Henry Mall

Washington[]

Bellingham[]

Federal Way[]

  • The Commons at Federal Way

Kelso[]

  • Three Rivers Mall

Spokane[]

  • Spokane Valley Mall

Vancouver[]

  • Westfield Vancouver Shopping Centre

West Virginia[]

Beckley[]

Wisconsin[]

Madison[]

  • Westgate Mall


Game Sales[]

Tilt locations have long been known for their yearly holiday game sales. These were held in order to reduce the number of games in the arcades to make room for new titles, to clear unwanted games from inventory, and to avoid taxes for the following year. Game sales started in September or October and ran through the end of the calendar year. Each game had its own price tag. Very old or undesirable games might be priced under $50; a brand-new game might be priced at or even above retail price in order to recoup replacement costs.

Trivia[]

Other brands operated by parent company NDI included Gold Mine and Electronic America. Tilt would also become rebranded as Tilt Studio, adding many other features other than just an arcade, such as laser tag, snack bars and rides.

Tilt store signage came in many styles and changed frequently over the years.

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