Arcade Club has submitted a planning application to Blackpool Council for permission to turn the town’s former Sam Thai casino into a new retro arcade and video game centre.
The submission seeks to install over 200 machines in the Bloomfield Road venue, which has remained empty since 2015, offering “something unique to Blackpool.” “Arcade Club is the largest collection of original arcade machines in the world, all in their original condition with all their original parts,” states the application. “You could say we are almost like a fully working, living museum.”
The submission follows an attempt by Arcade Club to secure a certificate for lawfulness for the project, however the council ruled the new venue would be sufficiently different from a casino to necessitate full planning permission.
Arcade Club will feature retro cabinets such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders, computer gaming stations for Minecraft and WoW, and an over-18 section for age restricted machines.
Several seafront and town centre sites for the new business were ruled out as they were “not suitable, and did not have the space to house our unique collection of machines.”
However the former Sam Thai building offers substantial parking and disabled access, as well as lifts and entrance-ways wide enough to accommodate larger cabinets.