‘The Lost Arcade’

Chinatown Fair on Mott Street in New York City may be the last of its kind.

Brooklyn-based director Kurt Vincent has captured the community and spirit of Chinatown Fair in a documentary The Lost Arcade, before arcade culture potentially disappears.

The Lost Arcade looks “into the demise of arcade culture, as it coincided with the rise of home console and online gaming, and showcases the dichotomy of how gamers connected then vs. now.” It also “highlights the diversity and camaraderie among the competitive gamer community that arcades like Chinatown Fair were so uniquely able to foster.”

The film “is about staying up all night with your friends in a hot, loud, dirty and packed arcade, having fun and feeling safe,” Vincent said in a statement.  “You talk to these patrons, and they just want to share their stories and history of the Chinatown Fair to keep it alive… It was and still is such a diverse community of friends and (I) hope that this film is a celebration of what made that possible.”

You can rent The Lost Arcade on Vudu for $3.99 in SD and $4.99 in HD. It’s also available for purchase on iTunes for $9.99, and can be rented or bought on other sites.

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