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Malibu Grand Prix (West Loop 610 @ Old Katy Road)
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Years active 1970s - 1990?
Number of games 80-100+
Located U. S. A.
Status Closed

BackgroundEdit

Malibu Grand Prix was a chain of entertainment facilities situated in the United States where a typical business would have a race track for go-carts and an arcade. Some facilities also had batting cages and/or miniature golf courses.

The Malibu Grand Prix at 1111 West Loop North in Houston, Texas, had the usual race track and two arcades full of games, one of which was commonly known as the "Castle" (as it looked like a miniature one, which many of the Malibu centers nationwide had one), whereas the other game room was smaller and closer to the race track. It also had a miniature golf course and batting cages.

Combined, the two game rooms had several dozen, if not 100 or more games that ran on tokens. The site would eventually become FunWerks (see Trivia).

Castle known games, videoEdit

  • Dragon's Lair II
  • Football (Atari)
  • Missile Command (environmental cab)
  • Super Zaxxon
  • Tailgunner
  • Targ

(pinball)Edit

  • Genie
  • Hercules
  • Space Invaders

Grand Prix known games, videoEdit

  • Pepper II
  • Rampart
  • Space Fury
  • Starhawk
  • Warlords

(pinball)Edit

  • Black Knight

(others)Edit

The following are pinball games that are known to have been at this Malibu location, although it is currently not clear which arcade they were at.

  • Black Knight 2000 (?)
  • Elvira
  • Firepower
  • Fun House
  • High Speed
  • The Simpsons
  • Time Machine

TriviaEdit

  • Birthday parties and the like could be hosted at Malibu, along with specials for school kids that earned good grades, as students could bring in report cards and free tokens were given for every A and B grades they earned.
  • FunWerks bought out the Malibu Grand Prix chain, including this one, at some point (believed to be sometime in the 1990s). However, all signs and everything identifying this location still read Malibu (except for some banners that read FunWerks, along with its web site address). FunWerks filed for bankruptcy in 2004, and by 2005 this location was closed down.

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