Inside the Funtown Pier: Flashback’s Retro Arcade
By Phil Stilton
SEASIDE PARK–One of the lesser known casualties of Hurricane Sandy was ‘Flashback’s', a retro arcade located inside the Carousel Arcade on the Funtown Pier. Owner Bobby Stewart had assembled a collection of classic arcade games and pinball machines in Flashback’s. You could drop your quarters in games like Spy Hunter, Asteroids, Mr. Do, Punch Out, Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man. It even had a sit down, cockpit version of Pole Position 2.
Flashback’s offered visitors and classic arcade game enthusiasts a trip back in time which wasn’t available anywhere else along the length of the boardwalk. On hot summer days, you could always expect to add another few degrees on the thermometer inside Flashback’s as the heat generated by the old machines brought the place to a boil, cooled only by huge fans which tried to pull some of the heat out.
Sandy obliterated Flashback’s. Most of the arcade cabinets had either been taken out to sea or buried under the sand. Stewart and his staff salvaged what they could in the weeks after.
Mr. Stewart tells the Ocean Signal that he is actively pursuing the rebuilding of the classic arcade when the Carousel Arcade which housed them is rebuilt. We’ll have a complete story on the arcade, the pier and Flashback’s in upcoming issues of the Ocean Signal.
Check out more photos of the Funtown Pier in our gallery.