Pinball in Pittsburgh: a crucial fixture in the global community

A reporter from The Pitt News recently made a visit to Bradish Street Pinball Parlor to talk to some local members of the league and talk all things pinball. Click on through for the full article! 

Cryss Stephens stands over a noisy, flashing “Star Trek” pinball machine, one of the newest games released by pinball giant Stern Pinball, Inc. last year. It barks orders and phrases at Stephens as he approaches his 30th-straight minute on the game. His eyes flick around the glowing neon table in stoic concentration as he bullies it, pushing and tugging at the table’s sides as the little steel ball ricochets off the game’s structures like a stray bullet.

A group of five other men stand around him, watching in silence, except for an occasional whisper or hushed gasp. One of them is Chris Meyers, owner of the Bradish Street Pinball Parlor in South Side, an arcade — featuring exclusively pinball — built from Meyer’s personal collection, which includes every machine released from the Williams/Bally company from 1979 to the present.



Photo courtesy of Chris Meyers


  1. Andre Rosenbloom
    September 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I’d like to know where the line is for the $15,000 Monster Bashes. Because I’d like to purchase 3.

  2. Henry Michael Smyk
    September 30, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Great article. Is there a warehouse we can go to see this incredible collection of every Williams ever made? I’d like to see it just to say it’s real. Because it’s not.

  3. robert travaglino
    January 2, 2015 at 1:37 am

    I am looking to purchase a bally’s ” Malibu beach ” bingo pinball machine

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