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🠈  Chuck E Cheese  🠊

Chuck E Cheese

Chuck E Cheese is a chain of pizza restaurants that include arcade games, amusement rides, an animatronic.

The restaurant was founded in 1977 by Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari with the goal of incorporating animatronics in a fun environment. The first restaurant was in San Jose.

Chuck E Cheese had development arrangements in 1979 with Robert Brock of Kansas City who became the founder of Showbiz Pizza, creating a short lived rivalry.

The animated pizza business fell on hard times in the 1980s as the video game business evolved faster than animatronics. The two companies merged in the mid 1980s. The site ShowBizPizza.com has pictures from the Show Biz Days.

Today, Chuck E Cheese is headquarted in Irving, Texas and claims to have 500 plus restaurants. The company traded on the NYSE with the symbol CEC. It was acquired by Apollo Global Management in 2014. The video shows an animatronic performance.

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