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Entry from November 05, 2017
“Chuck E. Cheese is really just a casino for children”

Chuck E. Cheese’s is a chain of entertainment restaurants. It was called Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre in 1985, and was dubbed a “Las Vegas casino for kids.”

“Chuck E. Cheese is just a casino for kids” was printed in a 2005 newspaper. “Chuck E. Cheese is really just a casino for children” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on July 17, 2017.


Wiktionary: Chuck E. Cheese’s
Chuck E. Cheese’s is a chain of American family entertainment centers and restaurants. The chain is the primary brand of CEC Entertainment, Inc. and is headquartered in Irving, Texas. The establishment serves pizza and other menu items, complemented by arcade games, amusement rides, and animatronic displays as a focus of entertainment for the entire family. The brand derives its name from its main animatronic character Chuck E. Cheese, a comedic mouse who sings and interacts with guests.

Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre in San Jose, California, was the first location to open on May 17, 1977. The concept was authored by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, credited with bringing video games such as Pong to the mainstream.

29 September 1985, The Sun (San Bernardino, CA), “Man who brought you Pong has created bionic teddy bear” by David Carpenter (McClatchy News Service), pg. G-1, cols. 2-3:
A less illustrious creation followed while Bushnell waited for his seven-year no-compete contract with Atari to expire: Pizza Time Theatre, a chain of raucous restaurants likened to “Las Vegas casinos for kids.”

3 February 2005, Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, “The Vent,” pg. P26:
Chuck E. Cheese is just a casino for kids.

29 March 2006, Northeast Ledger (Jackson, MS), “Whatever the age, party in Jackson” by Annie Oeth, pg. 7A, col. 1:
...or at a Chuck E. Cheese, which, for the uninitiated, is like a casino for children.

Twitter
James Woods‏
@jameswoods
Took my girls to chuck e cheese on a whim on a saturday night...insane, like a casino for 4-9 year olds
5:18 PM - 24 Nov 2007

Twitter
doc normal‏
@drnormal
Chuck E Cheese is like a very loud Vegas casino… but for kids!!
4:20 PM - 20 Sep 2008

Google Books
Sabbath in the Suburbs:
A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time

By MaryAnn McKibben-Dana
St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press
2012
Pg. 70:
I do a little calling around—I can’t get the recreation center people to call me back, and I can’t stand Chuck E. Cheese, which my brother calls the “casino for kids.”

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E. Cheese is really a casino that’s legal for kids - and the house always wins.
submitted May 6, 2015 by Slippery_Dan
They gamble tokens for tickets. Isn’t there some kind of law against that?

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E. Cheese is a casino for children.
submitted August 8, 2015 by BeyoncesWetFart

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E Cheese is a casino for children
submitted January 30, 2016 by [deleted]

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E. Cheese is pretty much a casino for children.
submitted March 23, 2016 by Oldschoolv12

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E Cheese’s is just a casino for little kids.
submitted April 14, 2016 by ewok-partisan

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E.-Cheese’s is just a child casino, and uses tokens because they technically aren’t work money, so it’s not considered gambling
submitted August 22, 2016 by Sh3lf1sh[🍰]
I just thought of it while opening CSGO cases.

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E cheese is a casino for kids.
submitted January 24, 2017 by [deleted]

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E Cheese is like a casino for kids.
submitted February 9, 2017 by Mxnmnm

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E. Cheese’s are a farm system for kids to become Casino enthusiasts as adults
submitted February 22, 2017 by [deleted]

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E. Cheese’s is just a casino for kids
submitted April 10, 2017 by Sam_arsvard

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck-E-Cheese is just a Casino with training wheels.
submitted May 10, 2017 by boozy_mcweed

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E. Cheese is like a casino for kids
submitted May 11, 2017 by caanthedalek

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E. Cheese is really just a casino for children.
submitted July 17, 2017 by snipeslayer

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Chuck E Cheese is a casino for children
submitted November 5, 2017 by jungl1st

Posted by Barry Popik
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