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Howdy do, pin buds! Hope you’re enjoying the heat! Just kidding, this sucks.

So we’re closing up! Don’t get too excited though ;) as it’s just to prepare for Bedrocktoberfest this coming weekend. Once again Pins and Needles will host some magic and music, and it’s a lot of fun so you should think about coming over to rock out and have a flip.

I’m also going to be closed the following week for some rearranging. I’m going to work with Bedrock to get Pins and Needles opened up on a daily basis, from 6p-midnight. That’s good for you because yay more pinball! That’s good for me because yay I can get a break from my damn cell phone. Guys I only like doing pinball stuff; I HATE being on the phone and sitting around emailing…I’m horrible at those things. If we’re open daily then I can spend less time seeming really bitchy on the phone! Haha

I’m having some storage problems! I’m hoarding too many games so I’m going to get rid of a few from the shop and also several from my storage units. Any interested parties can HMU at

Thank you everyone & I hope to see you when we do Reopening #37 on the 28th of September :)

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Labor Day CLOSED

Hey there chums, just a quick note to let y’all know I’m going to keep her closed up tonight! A day off? No! I just need to get in for some repairs that have fallen to the wayside. But no shop hours.

So no PNN tonight; you can try Family or the boastful Casa de Carlos guys :)

I see that some people have trouble determining the hours at Pins and Needles, as I don’t update the website all that much. That…won’t change; I am old and I figure anyone with a brain can extrapolate from the earlier posts that the hours are standard barring holidays. Mon Weds Fri Sat 8p-midnight! Same hours every week. I suppose I could sit and type it out every week but I’m a little busy for that, and I have faith that you all have the drive and intelligence in ya to figure this stuff out! And if you can’t, HMU via text or email.

Thanks all! Keep up the good flips and see ya Wednesday!


Oh and lol at people afraid to come to 90026 because “it’s sketchy”…good lord

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Sorry folks, but no Pins and Needles tonight! We’ve got some illnesses floating around and a star employee out of town, so I don’t have anyone to cover the shop tonight without the risk of a flu outbreak. As always there are 6 games to enjoy in the lobby for your enjoyment, but no shop tonight. My most sincere apologies, and back to the regular schedule Friday!

The schedule, by the way is:

Monday 8pm-midnight
Wednesday 8pm-midnight (just not tonight because…vomiting)
Friday 8pm-midnight
Saturday 8pm-midnight

Sorry again about tonight but trust me…it’s for the best.

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PNN is doing a Bangback! This Friday!

Party time! It’s party time! Folks I know, I said it’d only be a couple of weeks that I’d close up, but life and a new job got the better of me for a few months there. So PNN had a rather unexpected and lengthy hiatus. I figured y’all could handle it! And right I was. Thank you very much for being supportive and cool about it, and even if you’re have been pounding me with impatient emails and phone calls (that went largely ignored) let’s just put it all in the past and at some pinball.

Pins and Needles is set to reopen this Friday at 8 & boy are we excited! There are some new titles in the lineup, and there’s a big mural on the wall, but other than that not much has changed! It’s a garage full of old pinball games. It’s not a bar, it’s not all that fancy, just a bare bones pinball destination filled with rescued pinballs that I shaped up for you to enjoy.

The new schedule:
Mon 8pm-midnight
Weds 8pm-midnight
Fri 8pm-midnight
Sat 8p-midnight

Thanks again folks, now let’s flip!

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Thank you Los Angeles!

Well friends, it’s that time! This is the last week to swing by and play pinball at Pins and Needles as we know it. This weekend a bunch of games go to the new spot and I have to close up PNN for a couple weeks. Bedrock and I are working out a plan for a repurposing of the space, and it will be operating on a new schedule soon, details to follow!

As for fundraising this weekend, we did great! We raised $1100, over double what I was expecting, so a huge thank you to everyone who participated! Barry Oursler is a fabulous pinball designer who brought many of us so much joy over the years, creating such favorites as PinBot, Dr. Who, Comet, Gorgar, Jungle Lord, Bad Cats…the list goes on and on. Barry has cancer, and his wife Donna is also ill, so a call was put out to the international pinball community. There are dozens and dozens of events set up to fundraise for him in at least five countries, and it’s been truly wonderful to see the response! SoCal hosted two events this weekend and they were both really fun–what’s better than having fun helping people out?! Nothing! We had folks in from the Bay Area, San Diego…even a guy from Stockholm joined us! Thank you everyone :)

As for this week:

Tuesday: 8p-Midnight (no League, open tourneys all night!)
Thursday: 8p-Midnight (same deal!)
Friday: 8pm-Midnight (bring your sweetie & we can run a split flipper tourney)
Saturday: 8p-Midnight (I will probably be a little sad and possibly a little drunk)

It’s cheesy, but running Pins and Needles has been such a great adventure for me, and the support of you dear locals allowed me to live a dream that was…I mean let’s face it…it was ridiculous. It wasn’t that long ago that we’d wander around LA only to find the remaining arcades had all but abandoned pinball. Now there are nice games popping up all over the place! Barcades are opening, auctions are bustling, and location pinball is getting more popular by the day! Anyway my scheme was way harebrained, but somehow it has worked out. And that’s not because of me at all…it’s your support that put me here. About to make pinball my full time job!

So come on by this week and give the ol’ games another flip before they go, if you’d like. We have the Dr. Who in too this week; c’mon over and try an Oursler favorite! The quarter machine is filled to the max and calling your name. Grab a friend, bring your camera, I don’t care, just no drinks on the games.

Thank you LA!

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PNN Tourney Info & weekly hours

Howdy friends!

Rain! Very good for the land, but pretty rough for the pinballin’. Tonight (Thursday) the hours are TBD. I’d love to do the 8p to midnight, but with all those electronics I can’t safely open up if it’s too wet.

Thurs TBD (text/email before coming by)
Friday 6p-midnight TOURNEY AT 8p sharp! It’s is Barry Oursler fundraiser night, so 100% of our proceeds will be donated to the Oursler family and their medical bill situation.
Saturday 8p-midnight (weather permitting)

There’s also a second Barry Oursler event happening this weekend, just popped up! It’s out at Lake Alice Trading Company in Riverside and this event is being run by Damien Charlety. Match play, $20 buy in. Sign in by at eleven am, tourney starts at 11:30. Folks, this weekend we need to have our fundraising hats on! So if you can get to PNN Friday or Lake Alice Sunday you’re doing the hobby a great service helping out one of our most celebrated designers. Have fun giving back!

Lots of good pinball happenings these days! Thank yo as always for your support. Now everyone go flip it up!


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Pins and Needles Hours & News

Howdy there folks! Hope things are going well. Over here in LA Pinball World there’s a lot happening, so let’s catch up!

First off I’d like to congratulate our Los Angeles Pinball League Season 16 winners! Season 16 was one of the best seasons yet, thanks very much to everyone who participated.

A Division:
1st – Dan Cerny
2nd – Mike Gin
3rd – Robert Juster
4th – Renee Reizman

B Division:
1st – Kyle “Powerhause” Hause
2nd – Joe Price
3rd – Dave Cole
4th – Talllllllllls!

Good job there, fellas and ladies! Also a big thanks to Juster for providing us with the lovely trophies again.

We will be holding a fundraiser for legendary pinball designer Barry Oursler and his wife on February 7th. Mr. Oursler has fallen upon some tough times health-wise, so we’re going to help him out with some medical bills, as he’s contributed so much to our beloved hobby. Feb 7 MATCH PLAY tourney, 8pm start time, $20 buy-in. 50% of your entry and all coin drop go to Barry, the other 50% of entry goes to the prize pool, we keep nothing. We’re gathering some raffle items too, for those who might care to contribute but can’t play. Email for more info or to reserve a spot; we don’t currently have a cap, but we might have to put one on if our numbers outgrow the limited space. Full WPPRs will be awarded, thanks to Josh Sharpe and the IFPA for supporting the cause! Keith Elwin is going to come up and run it, too. Thank you KME.

Other shop news! Guys and gals, as most of you know, I’m working on opening this barcade downtown called 82. Classic gaming (pinball and video) in swingin’ swanky digs downtown, plus liquor and craft beer? Yes, please! It’s my dream job, and it’s right around the corner. Most excellent! Now, folks are wondering, does this mean the end of PNN? No, in the long run it does not; I plan on keeping both going. However there is going to be a transition phase; many of the PNN titles we’ve all come to enjoy will be moving down to 82, and I will be working through games I have in storage and picking up a few new titles to fill in the holes at PNN. I’d like to think the transition will be seamless and smooth but…it won’t be. Pinballs are a pain to move & rehab! So it’ll take me some time.

Thereby, if you want to enjoy PNN as it’s been for the past year or so, you’d best do it quick! Things are about to go upside down in there, and as the whole endeavor is just an evolving experiment, I can’t quite say where we’ll end up…I just know it’ll be different. If you’ve never been in, tonight-through-mid-February will be your only chance. I’m going to go dark at PNN for a couple of weeks and while I’m fully certain I’ll get ‘er back up to speed, I’m NOT sure when or how. It’s not an easy time for me, so the more patience you pinheads offer me, the more quarters I’ll slip into your pocket in the future :)

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten from you dear Angelenos over the past few years! The road was a little bumpy, but for four years now we’ve weathered the storm and I got to live my dream of providing a little public-access pinball in a town that didn’t have many spots to play. As the hobby burgeons and continues to grow in popularity, I hope the option to play publicly expands with it, and I aim to keep working to make it a reality. Last Sunday my buddy Danny and I took to the streets armed with a frightful number of quarters, and we dropped every single coin into location games. It was an absolute blast, and it was great to see the care local operators are putting into their games.

HOURS THIS WEEK: Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday 8p-midnight, as always. (Kevin I will TRY for some Sunday hours; if I can’t do it this week I promise I’ll squeeze in some weekend daytime hours for ya next weekend!) IN CASE OF RAIN I HAVE TO CLOSE UP! SO IF THE WEATHER IS BAD TEXT AHEAD!!!)

Thanks folks! Keep flipping!

-Raggedy Hippie

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Pinball times! Big week!

Ok, first off I got sick Saturday and since it was quiet I left around 10:30. All of a sudden my sorta sore throat turned to a sweating/chills/stomach thing and I actually didn’t get out of bed for several days. Anyway, I feel way bad about folks who may have come by that night, so if you happen to be one of these people PLEASE let me know & I will beg you back with quarters on the house. Sorry! Sorry.

As for this week, it’s a big one! Lots going on!

Tuesday 8pm-midnight. League Night! CROWDED.
Thursday 8pm-midnight. Thursday would be a very good night to come by. I won’t tell you why, I just have a feeling it’s going to be a very fun night.
Friday 8pm-midnight. Regular Friday! C’mon for a flip to start your weekend!
Saturday 8pm-midnight. Saturday we are having an art show! We’re so lucky to have local comic book star Michael Jasorka’s wonderful new pinball-inspired drawings going up I can hardly stand it! There will be amazing works adorning the walls, mini-tourneys, and if you know Jasorka you know it’ll be as much fun as can be jammed into the room! He’s the best, don’t miss it! Show starts at nine.

Thanks folks! Let’s flip!

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PNN hours for the week

Tues 8pm-midnight
Thurs 8pm-midnight
Fri 8pm-midnight
Sat 8pm-midnight

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Happy New Year!

Hours this week:
Thursday 8pm-midnight
Friday 8pm-midnight
Saturday 8pm-midnight

Also we will be starting another short League season Tuesday January 7, contact me for details ASAP as space is limited!

Thank you and hoooo doggy I’m looking forward to flipping with you in 2014!


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