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Downtown arcade reopening following summer renovations and rebranding

The Levels Arcade team is excited to welcome the community back to a new-and-improved setup after today’s grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Formerly Starport Arcade and Pub, Levels Arcade is a refreshed, updated take on its 228 Walnut St. location. Although it has maintained many of the same friendly faces and games that previous customers knew and loved, Levels Arcade has undergone a thorough remodel after transferring ownership of the space and closing for construction earlier this year.

Previous customers can recall the arcade’s three stories of racing games, pinball machines, air hockey, billiard tables and more. This included modern concepts themed after popular video game or television franchises, as well as classics such as Pac-Man, Guitar Hero and Mortal Kombat. On any day, visitors could expect to see old friends catching up over a game of pool or groups of children competing for high scores. This same warm and spirited atmosphere is what Levels Arcade intends to continue inspiring with the arcade’s new developments.

“It’s the same place, same friendly faces, with new games,” said co-owner Max Cummons. “It’s a refresh of what it was.”

Additions include three duckpin bowling lanes, virtual reality games and a variety of cosmetic improvements to the arcade’s three stories. Customers can expect the arcade’s pinball and retro collections to continue growing over the next few months. The food and drink menus have also received some minor updates, with 48 revolving taps and specialty cocktails available to customers.

The arcade has switched from the use of game tokens to a convenient card system, and with it comes another major change — the addition of virtual tickets and a prize counter. Prizes range from small to large items, and customers can expect a changing rotation of prize selections. With the switch to a card system, new opportunities are presented for free play events, party packages and more. For customers with unused Starport tokens, Levels Arcade has stated on Facebook that they can provide credits in exchange.

“We’re still trying to figure out what best accommodates our customers and works for us, but the card system should open up extra avenues of opportunities we’ll be able to provide,” said Cummons. 

After almost five months of construction, redesigning and curating a new collection of games and activities, Levels Arcade is ready to welcome back customers new and old to time spent gaming and mingling with friends.

“We’re excited to get back open and we’re grateful for all the support,” said Cummons. “It’s been a long summer without all of our customers.”

Levels Arcade will officially open its doors on 228 Walnut St. at 4 p.m. today, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m., during the Arts Walk. Customers of all ages are welcome until 9 p.m., after which entry will be 21+. Festivities will continue at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Weekday hours are 5 p.m-2:30 a.m. and weekends, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Visit the Facebook page, Levels Arcade, for more information.

The owner of the Starport Arcade and Pub name will be opening an unaffiliated location on University Avenue, expected by late September.