The Pincinnati Pinball Show Has More Than 100 New and Vintage Machines to Play This Weekend — For Free

There will also be pinball tournaments and some machines will be for sale

Nov 30, 2018 at 1:53 pm
click to enlarge Inside Pincinnati headline sponsor Pins Mechanical Co.'s new OTR bar. - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Inside Pincinnati headline sponsor Pins Mechanical Co.'s new OTR bar.

Calling all pinball wizards: The inaugural Pincinnati show takes over the Holiday Inn Eastgate this weekend with more than 100 working pinball machines from the 1970s to today. And all are available to play, for free, so leave the quarters at home.

The official game list includes: 

  • Alice Cooper's Nightmare Castle
  • Attack from Mars
  • CSI
  • Doctor Who
  • Escape from the Lost World
  • Game of Thrones Pro
  • Houdini
  • Rat Race (only 10 were ever made)
  • and more (see the full list here)

Entry tickets are limited to avoid over-crowding; some will be sold at the door if any space remains. General entry tickets do not include access to the pinball tournament. 

There will be three tournaments this weekend: a strike-out tournament on Friday ($20 entry; limited to 64 players); a matchplay tournament on Saturday ($20; limited to 64 players); and a running of the gauntlet on Sunday ($10). Get info on singing up for tournaments here.

The event is presented by headliner Pins Mechanical Co., which just opened its new pinball/duck pin bowling/small ball game bar in OTR in mid-November.

2 p.m.-midnight Nov. 30; 10 a.m.-midnight Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. $20 daily pass; $50 weekend. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Eastgate, pincinnati.com.