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Over the years, Funspot has received a lot of attention in the media. These articles are just a few of the highlights. Click headlines to preview articles.
On Aug. 1, 1964, then-Mayor Hugh Bownes gathered with state legislators and the Lawton family to cut a ribbon. Continue reading
Shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday, a small horde of young and middle-aged men in T-shirts and baggy shorts gathered outside the entrance to the American Classic... Continue reading
Surrounded by the gutted shells of arcade cabinets and racks crammed with circuit boards and monitors, Gary Vincent hurriedly prepares for the weekend. Continue reading
Funspot in New Hampshire celebrated its 60th anniversary this June, a feat rarely accomplished in the family entertainment center (FEC) industry. Continue reading
Funspot opened its doors as The Weirs Sports Center on the second floor of Tarlsons Arcade, just across the street from the Weirs Beach... Continue reading
Laconia -- Everyone is invited to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Funspot Family Entertrainment Center in Weirs Beach on... Continue reading
PAX East 2012, which went down this past weekend in Boston, was filled with the games that everyone will be playing later this year, including... Continue reading
After months of extensive design and construction the Lakes Region’s newest family attraction is open for business. Monkey Trunks High Ropes and... Continue reading
Bob Lawton, owner of the Funspot Family Entertainment Center in the Weirs and publisher of The Weirs Times, recently celebrated his 80th birthday amongst... Continue reading
Thirty, four person teams converged with trepidation on Funspot at Weirs Beach, Saturday, March 12th, to compete in what has, by all accounts become a... Continue reading
On Nov. 18, 2010, on a typically frozen day in Weirs Beach, NH, Jason Cram did something that no person before him had ever done. He scored 38,248,380 points on the... Continue reading
Just one more try. I’m on my last quarter. The high score is within my grasp. I frantically mash the cabinet’s buttons, slamming the joystick every which way. Continue reading
Part of the fun of traveling is delving into a country's underbelly, those places that are just so damn odd it can sometimes be difficult to figure out exactly... Continue reading
New Hampshire has a lot of things going for it: the first primary of the election cycle, no personal income or general sales tax, and it isn't Maine. Continue reading
Downstairs at Funspot, the venerable amusement center here near the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, tourists arrive in waves to play air hockey, ride the bumper cars... Continue reading
While looking through record books from the 1950s, Bob Lawton, founder and general manager of Funspot, stumbled upon the one from his first year, which... Continue reading
When Gary Vincent ushers you up to the third floor of Funspot, the world's largest arcade, in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire, he knows he's welcoming you to the... Continue reading
Weirs Beach, NH, 3/8/2010 -- The annual International Classic Videogame Tournament is quickly approaching, and 2010 marks the 12th year for this historic... Continue reading
BOSTON — Despite the wide array of new and experimental indie games on display at PAX East last weekend, the weirdest thing I played at the videogame festival... Continue reading
Not content with being the world's largest arcade, Funspot in New Hampshire, USA, also houses the American Classic Arcade Museum, a collection of almost... Continue reading
Bob Lawton puts his beer down and gestures out of the bar to the huge arcade beyond. "In the mid-Seventies, we had a small arcade with pinball... Continue reading
As you ascend the stairs to the top floor of Funspot Arcade, you half expect St Peter to be handing out quarters, because this is truly Retro Heaven. Continue reading
The Funspot Family Entertainment Center in Weirs Beach has always been the on the “hot list” for kids birthday parties. Besides having the distinction of... Continue reading
ldquo;In 1952, at the age of only 21, this year’s recipient borrowed a few hundred dollars from his grandmother to start a miniature golf course and... Continue reading
Funspot, the venerable, three-level, 60,000 sq. ft. FEC in Wiers, NH, is no stranger to publicity and fanfare after almost 60 years in the business of fun, its... Continue reading
When you step into a modern family entertainment center, you're often greeted with an array of dazzling high-tech video games employing the latest audio, video... Continue reading
Who could have guessed that putting 250 ancient video arcade mechanisms in one place would open a temporal wormhole for aging gamers to relive their wasted... Continue reading
The 11th annual International Classic Video Game Tournament ended on Sunday and all of us would like to thank everyone who attended and made this a very... Continue reading
(NECN: Lauren Collins, Weirs Beach, N.H.) - It may look -- and even sound -- like fun and games, but these folks are in serious competition. It's the... Continue reading
Heading north out of Boston, Massachusetts towards New Hampshire, there’s not much along the highway capable of taking you by surprise. This is rural... Continue reading
Where would you expect to find Jillian Beyor, Playboy’s 2008 Model of The Year, vacationing on a cool day in mid-October? An island in the Caribbean? A yacht off... Continue reading
In an age when families find themselves increasingly separated by distance in this fast-paced world, the Mathson family, formerly of Winchester, Mass,. has... Continue reading
When the cream of UK arcade players headed across the pond to compete against their US rivals, retro gamer set Paul Drury along to report on where you should... Continue reading
Harbor House Pictures, a film production company located in Westchester, NY will be coming to Funspot, Tuesday through Saturday, March 25th -29th to film their... Continue reading
Twin Galaxies is proud to posthumously honor John Lawton, of the Funspot Family Fun Center, in Weirs Beach, NH, for holding the "Longest Held Video Game... Continue reading
EAU CLAIRE — A middle-school science teacher and a videogame legend vie for the world record on the classic arcade game Donkey Kong in "The King of Kong... Continue reading
In 1967, a small team of engineers, led by Ralph Baer, designed the world’s first videogame console – The Magnavox Odyssey. In celebration of the 40th... Continue reading
Skee-Ball was invented and patented in 1909 by J.D. Estes of Philadelphia. These first games were 36 feet in length and, as one can well imagine, required... Continue reading
On paper, Seth Gordon's documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" sounds like it might appeal only to hard-core gamers. It could well be... Continue reading
Long before Xboxes and Wiis, the arcade was the field of battle for video games, waged a quarter at a time, sometime back in the first Reagan administration. Continue reading
Andrew Gardikis is a 17-year-old kid from Quincy with a shaggy mop of dirty blond hair and a long, lanky frame that he's still growing into. In the video... Continue reading
Promotion is the name of the game in the amusement industry and nobody does it better than the Funspot family fun center in Weirs Beach, N.H. Founded in 1952... Continue reading
RICK FOTHERGILL DOESN'T look like a world-class athlete. With a gray-flecked T-shirt clinging to him like Saran wrap and a pair of pale legs protruding from his... Continue reading
Taking care of over 500 video games and pinball machines is a labor of love for Randy Lawton, Chief of Technical Services at Funspot, who practically grew up... Continue reading
The Coronation Day Video Game Championship held at Funspot over the weekend was a homecoming of sorts for Doris Self, the world's oldest video game record... Continue reading
On July 3, 1999 at 4:45 P.M., taking nearly six hours to accomplish the feat -- on one quarter -- Billy Mitchell, 33, a Fort Lauderdale hot sauce... Continue reading
Curt Vendel of New York had a dream; the establishment of a permanent Atari Museum. Unfortunately he realized that was not likely to become a reality and... Continue reading
To drive the rolling roads around Lake Winnipesaukee is to risk arriving, entirely by mistake, in some other decade. The Moultonborough general store rears... Continue reading
 


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