A Pinball Repair &
This site is dedicated to exploring the history of the game of pinball and how it has embedded itself into the fabric of Montreal over the past century. We believe that by preserving the functionality, appearance and factory specifications of various vintage amusement machines, we are consequently helping to provide a powerful perspective into the past of the coin operated games industry and our city.
We also know that the relationship between people
and amusement machines can be enhanced through
the telling of stories, publishing images and
of course, playing pinball. Any of these shared
experiences inevitably provides a more complete
understanding of the connection mentioned above.
Finally, this bond is made concrete by that "hands
on" tactile experience which emerges when
actually playing an older pinball machine.
First and foremost, the games people played decades
ago need to be preserved as designed and manufactured
in order to allow the playing experience to be
as true to its' original context, at least on
a technical and aesthetic level. Secondly, the
actual working machines need to be made accessible
to as many people as possible so as to open a
sort of gateway in and through today's players
and into how those from the past experienced their
lives through a game designed within the context
of their time.
We help contribute to this idea by promoting
the best & most affordable repair services
to all those who own part of this story. Because
nowadays, Montrealers and the game of pinball
are continuing their relationship in a new environment.
Pinball machines have practically disappeared
from street locations and have moved right into
people's homes where the stories are now openly
being told. One of our quintessential goals is
to recount these stories, and to eventually bring
these vintage machines back to the streets of
Montreal in a new and appropriate setting where
they will see play action once again.
This site will be maintained and updated regularly
as we explore the history of the aforementioned
relationship, and as we continue to source the
stories from game rooms all over the greater Montreal
area. We will begin to share them through a detailed
repair blog with a historical bent. As well, we
will also publish the memories, anecdotes and
experiences of our clients & visitors who
willingly contribute to Montréal Pinball.
The History Behind the
Since 1990 Alexander Amusements has serviced
innumerable pinball machines in the greater Montreal
area, and has helped bring the arcade experience
home to hundreds of families. A vanguard company
at a time when pinballs and various other coin
operated games were spread across the city in
arcades and street locations, many commercial
amusement machine operators rightfully shun the
home market. This market which Alexander Amusements
recognized years ago has proved to be an important
source of revenue for their warehouses of outdated
equipment. The home market has continued to evolve
since the virtual disappearance of pinball machines
and video games from public locations. The basement
game room has become the logical substitute for
the street arcade, on a smaller scale.
We believe that the repair and maintenance of
these commercially retired machines is now more
than ever a vital task in keeping pinball alive
in Montreal. Alexander Amusements' founder Robert
A. Baraké still services pinball machines
for Montrealers and beyond while enjoying the
experience of meeting such a wide variety of people
who have been marked by these amusement devices
in one way or another. And by listening to each
person's experience behind each machine, he is
able to share a part of Montreal's history through
our Blog and
Robert Baraké's experience in the coin-operated
amusement machine industry spans over 25 years.
During his career he has contributed many a technical
article to Canadian CoinBox, Canadian Vending
as well as Playmeter magazine in the U.S. As well
as having worked at the distributor level for
Laniel Automatic Machines in Montreal and Toronto,
Robert has logged thousands of hours as a road
technician for several Montreal based operators.
His passion for Montreal pinball history/culture
and philosophy has helped to provide a hearty
mix of knowledge & information to this website.