1982 Lagoon Amusement Park Arcade Home Movie!

I’ve never had the chance to visit the Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah but I do hear that the legendary Nolan Bushnell worked at the park while he was in high-school and college. That alone would be enough to make a road trip…but I don’t think if we went these day we would find an awesome arcade like in Mr. Jossit’s Home Movie from 1982 waiting for us.

“Me watching my younger brother Greg playing Pac-Man in the Lagoon Arcade 1982. This is supposedly the same arcade that Nolan Bushnell worked at when he was inspired to get into arcade machines.”


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10 thoughts on “1982 Lagoon Amusement Park Arcade Home Movie!

  1. I’m glad people are uploading more vids like this Patrick, I may not have been able to travel there but I can imagine the background noise of the park thanks to this particular home movie. Can anyone figure out what the game next to the young boy is? I’ve tried stopping the beginning to get a clear look…is it maybe Head-On?

  2. Excellent film and spectacular transfer. Better film-to-digital transfer than most government-run archives I’ve seen lately. That’s the way it should be done. Good on ya.

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Wow, I feel like I’ve just stepped into a joy-filled memory synapse of my arcade days, a bit of dreamland template where the tokens are free and the points don’t matter.

    Yeah, very nice transfer on this.

    That machine next to Pac-Man is indeed Head-On.
    Played that one lots n’ often before rasters got cartoony and evolved exponentially.
    Odd to have that pre-Pac, car race, dot-muncher next to the New Kid in Town.

    One wonders if any Wreck-It-Ralph type of user-abandon panic might be going on there.

    And while we’re at it with identifying machines, what’s that one on the left, with the side art on the cabinet?
    No, it’s not Galaxian.

  4. vinvectrex says:

    These home movies are wonderful little time portals. So glad you found it!

  5. Thanks for the kind words on the post everyone! Atari, thank you for verifying the Head-On arcade cabinet…I’ve never played or seen that to be honest. I believe that other arcade game in question is Asteroids Deluxe.
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  6. blinddog says:

    and across the aisle it looks like an Atari Tempest next to a Sega Space Tactics cockpit and looking through the cockpit I believe that’s a Cinematronics Armor Attack.

  7. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Ah! I knew you’d come through with it, buddy.
    It was nagging at me and when I tried to peek into that mental arcade where that cabinet (and *all* the greats) reside, the Tokenmaster had shut down the lights and only the floor neons remained.

    Caught just a glimmer, just like in the days, walking into such a funhouse and spotting newcomers in a nanoseconds by that fancy side art.

    Like a boardgame spread out for play, the cabinet artwork – just like my beloved Atari cart art – spun the wheels of imagination long enough to get revved up and either plunk that quarter or stare, amazed, as someone tried their hand at mastering the playing field.

    I think I could stare at cabinet side artwork for longer than is considered healthy (for non-80s populace).

    And yeah, more vids like this, please.

  8. Blinddog, you’ve nailed another game with Sega Space Tactics that I’ve not had the pleasure of playing myself. I’m starting to question just how great my Showbiz Pizza was now. Ha, ha.

    Atari Adventure Square and MadPlanet, thank you very much my friends. :)

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