|Malibu Grand Prix|
|Years active||1970 - present|
|Located||U. S. A.|
Malibu Grand Prix is an entertainment company that was popular during the 1970s and 1980s as a franchised miniature indy car racing track in the United States. The typical complex included a 3000-4000 sq ft. arcade with a concession stand and a race track outside, covering around 10,000 to 20,000 square feet altogether. Other attractions of Malibu centers included miniature golf courses, bumper cars, a water play area, batting cages and/or an arcade or two (usually these locations were known as the "castle", being shaped like one, although some facilities had a castle and separate game room as well). The games ran on tokens.
In 2002, Palace Entertainment purchased the three remaining Malibu Grand Prix locations. These locations are located in Redwood City, California, Norcross, Georgia, and San Antonio, Texas. Palace operates additional locations in Los Angeles, California and Dallas, Texas. The Redwood City location closed on August 18, 2013. Fellow entertainment company FunWerks also bought out the Malibu chain at one point, although they ended up filing for bankruptcy in 2004 and its Malibu locations that they had taken over closed.
Starting in 2013 or so, Malibu locations have also been renamed to Boomers!, along with new facilities being opened across the country.
- Dowlin Drive?
- At one point Malibu was owned by Warner Communications.
- Malibu Grand Prix is mentioned in the song "Demolition Rickshaw!" on The Aquabats's 2005 album Charge!!.
- A scene from the 1979 film Van Nuys Blvd. was filmed at a Malibu Grand Prix facility in southern California, using the track and the game room.