Video Paradise
Years active 1982-1983
Number of games 20
Located U. S. A.
Status Closed


Video Paradise was a small arcade first located at Del Mar at Fruitdale, then they relocated to 66 South First Street in San Jose, California. It was a video games only arcade (with no pinball machines), along with offering a computer with games to play and a tape duplicating service.

The arcade started with just one machine (a Tempest), which later expanded to 20. It originally had day to evening hours but eventually became a 24 hour operation.

Games ran on quarters and tokens, which the latter were in the amount of five for a dollar, with quantity discounts available to customers.


Each customer was given one "ticket" for each $1.00 in tokens purchased. Every day a drawing was held with free tokens awarded to winners. Each game also had a posted high score to it.

In the week of August 22-28, 1983, Twin Galaxies sponsored a "Video Game Masters Tournament" at the arcade. This contest was used to determine the best state team for Northern California/Nevada. Games for the tournament included Mario Brothers, Congo Bongo, Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator, Sinistar, Bubbles and Buck Rogers Planet of Zoom, along with the unreleased (at the time) home video game Spike’s Peak.

A Pole Position tournament was also held concurrently with the Twin Galaxies tournament by Video Paradise with cash prizes awarded.


  • Bagman
  • Berzerk
  • Bump 'N' Jump
  • Burgertime
  • Centipede
  • Dig-Dug
  • Donkey Kong (2)
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dragon's Lair
  • Galaga
  • Guzzler
  • Head On
  • Joust
  • Jungle King
  • Mappy
  • Mario Brothers
  • Millipede
  • Moon Patrol
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man Plus
  • Pole Position (2, sitdown model)
  • Popeye
  • Sinistar
  • Stargate
  • Star Wars
  • Tempest
  • Tron
  • Tutankham
  • Wacko
  • Xevious
  • Zaxxon
  • Zoo Keeper


Atari 800 computer with Pac-Man, Missile Command, Star Raiders and Space Invaders available to play

Employees, both locationsEdit

  • Rick Alameda
  • Mike Klug

(Del Mar location)Edit

  • John Arvay
  • Brian Buckley
  • Jeanann Buckley
  • Steve Cirimele
  • Brian Hager
  • Chris Howard (co-owner)
  • Peter Johnson
  • Manuel Michel
  • Chad Phillips
  • Mike Sands
  • Brian Sanfillipo
  • Jeff VanderZweep
  • Tim VanderZweep
  • Rob VanderZweep
  • Brett Woods

(66 South First Street location)Edit

  • Tom Colla
  • Rick Fernandez
  • Troy Kindred
  • Dave Pett
  • Buzz Ringer
  • Dave Rogers
  • John Stagi
  • Mike Ternasky


  • The original arcade started with just one Tempest machine, collecting one quarter on the first day of business.
  • Donkey Kong was so popular that the arcade had two machines at a time.
  • From when it was first introduced until the day the arcade closed, Pole Position was the most played game every single week[1].


Official site


  1. From the official site.

This arcade was featured in May, 2016.

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