Yes, pinball is illegal in Oakland, California. But this week, the 80-year-old law, tied to anti-gambling ordinances, will be reversed.
From SF Gate
It's still illegal in some cities and heavily regulated in others. Beacon, N.Y., about 40 miles north of New York City, shut down a pinball museum and arcade in 2010 because of its historical ban. In San Francisco, pinball is legal but owners need a permit from the entertainment commission.
It's still illegal in Alameda. The Pacific Pinball Museum had to register as a nonprofit and remove the coin slots from its machines to comply with the law. To play, visitors pay a flat fee for unlimited games.
In Oakland, the pinball ban has not been enforced since the World War II era.
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