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Chinatown Fair: A documentary by Mark Hayes

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • August 3, 2011 at 4:29 p.m. PDT
Mark Hayes has posted his documentary about Chinatown Fair, which was located in New York City. It covers the opening and closing of the arcade, and all sorts of things in between. It includes player interviews with notable names in the community like Henry Cen, Arturo Sanchez, Nerd Josh and Sp00ky, among others.

Tip from an anonymous reader via Arturo Sanchez and Mark Hayes' twitter accounts.

Comments

RandomDP said on August 3, 2011 at 5:06 p.m.

Good documentary, but I kinda wished they had interviews from some of the other prominent figures in CF like Justin Wong and Sanford (They were referenced in it but weren't shown) as well as the owner and his take on it (and again Henry mentioned him but just implied that he didn't care about making changes to keep CF alive and prominent).

Aside from the strong community though it kinda doesn't really paint a good picture of CF with the horrible smells, cramped space, and run-down appearance (both from the outside and inside). Certainly not like the arcades we see in Japan or Singapore which may explain why it wasn't succeeding business-wise.

#1
GamePirate420 said on August 3, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.

vaya con dios CTF
Viva Next Level

#2
ShadowoftheDarkgod said on August 3, 2011 at 7:21 p.m.

That was sad. I remember when out local arcade closed. We were standing outside the store watching each of the cabinets being carried to the trucks for shipping. Yeah, its like a part of your childhood dying with it.

#3
Mollusk said on August 3, 2011 at 7:38 p.m.

I'd have to agree that this isn't a very strong documentary. For its nostalgia and value to the community, you'd think there'd be a little more effort to show off the story of the arcade.
As the first poster said, half of the interviews were about the odorous, rundown nature of the place, and while that's definitely important characterization for the arcade, there's more to it than that.
I was surprised not to see any interviews from the owners, or more about why it came to a close.

#4
chickenwings said on August 3, 2011 at 9:26 p.m.

is next level open to the public yet

#5
BlassKain17 said on August 4, 2011 at 12:34 a.m.

I'm dying to have a local arcade I can play at... that's very lucky for those who enjoyed the time at chinatown arcade.

#6
senpai said on August 4, 2011 at 5:54 a.m.

I'm glad i had the chance to attend CTF many times in the past. i still have about 4 tokens from CTF sitting on my TV stand.

#7
Helgen said on August 4, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.

No offense, but there is already a documentary coming out for CF which I am featured in, as well as every other player from CF from the early 90's up till now. It also happens to be highly funded and highly backed by major organizations. Seriously, no offense.

More info at http://arcademovie.com/

#8


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