It’s the end of a very short era in Georgetown’s retro arcade scene—today, the National Pinball Museum closed its doors in the Shops at Georgetown Park. According to CBS Baltimore, founder David Silverman (pictured left) says that he is closing a lease on a space near Baltimore’s inner harbor, and could move his collection there by the end of the year.
Silverman, who has sunk $300,000 of his own money into renovating the Georgetown space into a pinball paradise, received an eviction notice from Vornado Realty Trust, which owns the Shops at Georgetown Park, in May, ordering him to vacate in July. He was then granted an extension allowing him to stay through Labor Day, when admission to the museum was free.
Vornado, which took ownership of Georgetown Park last year, has a reputation of being severe with their properties, and also manages Springfield Mall. In addition to the Pinball Museum, stores like The Dandelion Patch and Fornash have also reportedly received notices to vacate. There are rumors that Target or Bloomingdale’s could move into the mall, but Vornado will not confirm.
Silverman has over 800 machines in his collection, and his pieces span the history of the game. We at Vox wish Silverman the best, and hope that this pricey, unique collection will find a more suitable audience in Charm City.
h/t: CBS Baltimore, Georgetown Dish