When PLAY Arcade and Lounge
opens its doors to the public it will be unlike other nightlife destinations in Lawrenceville. Rather than offering a menu of carefully crafted cocktails or locally sourced produce, PLAY is specializing in hand-made games of the past.
PLAY is the brainchild of sculptor Adam Shreckhise, who has personally designed and built the arcade’s many games. The space features miniature golf, skeeball, darts, Whack-a-Mole, and more, presented in a lounge or coffeehouse-like setting.
“It’s set up as either an alternative to, or an accompaniment to, going out to restaurants, going out to bars,” Shreckhise says. “Something a little out of the ordinary to do while you’re hanging out with your friends or meeting new people.”
Everything at PLAY was built by Shreckhise himself, including the many gears and motors which animate the games. As an artist, Shreckhise describes his latest work as “electro-mechanical, pseudo robotic sculpture,” a style that has worked well for interpreting classic arcade games.
In the future, Shreckhise says he’d like to call on local artists to submit proposals for games that they’d like to build, or adaptations to existing ones.
Shreckhise plans to operate PLAY as a BYOB establishment. An entrance fee will be charged, allowing guests unlimited access to games.
Due to pending requests from the city’s zoning board, Shreckhise has postponed the lounge’s opening to this spring. However, this Saturday, November 3rd, an open house and fundraiser will be free and open to the public, from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday’s event will not be BYOB, but Shreckhise is hoping to pair with other local establishments to offer food and drinks.
PLAY is located at 5258 Butler Street in Upper Lawrenceville. 412-345-1367.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Adam Shreckhise