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D.
10-28-2008, 03:14 PM
that's what it was that scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. not the horror movies I was allowed to watch or even Hell House at local churches - it was the animal band at Showbiz Pizza Place.

I remember they had a little theater you'd go in and watch. Man, I only remember going once but it sca(r)red me for life.

anyone know what I'm talking about?

http://www.showbizpizza.com/home.html

D.
10-28-2008, 03:16 PM
Showbiz Pizza Place was a restaurant chain popular in the 1980s. Its history is greatly intertwined with that of its main competitor, and eventual successor, Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre. Both companies found early success, owing partially to the rise in popularity of arcade games at the time. The basic concept was to offer pizza, a large selection of arcade games, and an animatronic stage show as a complete package of food and entertainment. The largest difference between the two, and easiest way to distinguish the two chains, was the different robotics and the mascots that each concept used. The mascot for Showbiz was Billy Bob, an overall-clad hillbilly bear.


History
The business was founded in Topeka, Kansas in 1980 by Robert L. Brock, owner of Brock Hotel Corporation. At the time, Brock was quite successful as one of the largest franchisors in the Holiday Inn hotel system. Eighty percent of the company was owned by Brock Hotel Corporation, and the other twenty percent was owned by Creative Engineering, Inc., who produced the animated show that Showbiz used, The Rock-afire Explosion. In 1982 the company moved its headquarters to Irving, Texas. In 1984 the company purchased the assets of Chuck E. Cheese's, after that company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They then proceeded to change the name of the company to Showbiz Pizza Time, Inc. Both restaurants were kept operating as separate entities. After disagreements over a period of years with Creative, Showbiz management decided to go ahead with a restructuring of the restaurants called "Concept Unification". This would consist of renovating all Showbiz animation into Chuck E. Cheese characters, as well as renaming all stores to "Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza". This would be the end for the concept known as "Showbiz Pizza Place", although the company is still in business, as the current management of the "Chuck E. Cheese's" concept is a direct line from the "Showbiz Pizza Time, Inc." era, with little connection to the original "Pizza Time Theatre" ownership. They are now known as CEC Entertainment Concepts, L.P.

In some locations, such as Barboursville, WV, Showbiz Pizza is now known as "Billy Bob's Wonderland." The Classic Rock-afire Explosion Band is still there up and running.

The majority of former ShowBiz Pizza Place locations were converted into Chuck E. Cheese's. At the current time, there are around 83 converted "Rock-afire Explosion" shows still in use as "3-Stage" Chuck E. Cheese shows. Some stores were also closed at this time, while others converted to independent concepts, such as "Circus Pizza" (not to be confused with Circus World Pizza) and "Billy Bob's Wonderland". There are less than a handful of these stores still operational.

There are a few restaurants still using the Showbiz Pizza Place name and animation. All are located outside the United States, and have no connection to the original company. Known locations are in Lebanon; Dubai, UAE; and Kuwait.


Slogans
Come For the Pizza and Stay for the Fun (1980–1986)
We make Pizza Good and We Make Pizza Fun (1983)
Where a Kid Can Be a Kid (1986–1990) (later became Chuck E. Cheese's slogan)

Hate the Hater
10-28-2008, 03:16 PM
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yo soy el mejor
10-28-2008, 03:17 PM
i went to a birthday there recently. i always loved the place as a kid and had fun. only now that im older does it seem creepy.

it's not called showbiz pizza anymore, though!

mistle
10-28-2008, 03:17 PM
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Hate the Hater
10-28-2008, 03:17 PM
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mistle
10-28-2008, 03:18 PM
god dammit

D.
10-28-2008, 03:18 PM
none of those videos are working here at work. what are the links?

Hate the Hater
10-28-2008, 03:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5rnQaiFm_c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ikgvtiw_KM

Mason R Butler
10-28-2008, 03:27 PM
I'm always puzzled to hear how many kids were total fucking pussies who are scared of awesome robot animals or even clowns. What the hell?

BlissedandGone2
10-28-2008, 04:21 PM
whats the difference between this place and chucky cheeses? is this just a non-chain version?

BlissedandGone2
10-28-2008, 04:21 PM
chucky cheese band scared the shit out of me too.

D.
10-28-2008, 04:30 PM
apparently some dude bought all the old robot animals and is now making them play current popular songs because, hey, I DIDN'T REALLY NEED THAT LAST PART OF MY CHILDHOOD TO REMAIN IN MY CHILDHOOD ANYWAY

BlissedandGone2
10-28-2008, 04:32 PM
oh shit i missed that. thats crazy.

yo soy el mejor
10-28-2008, 04:34 PM
it's pretty cool, too.