Arcade bar Free Play is expanding with a Dallas location in Trinity Groves

If you’ve been told video game arcades are dead, you were lied to. Popular retro gaming destination Free Play has announced it’s expanding with a proper Dallas in Trinity Groves that the chain expects “to be ready for beta testing before the end of 2022.” And that’s not even the only Dallas-Fort Worth arcade news to be announced this week.

Free Play Inc. will be working from an established blueprint. Since its first location debuted in Richardson in 2015, the company has swiftly expanded to Arlington, Fort Worth and Denton. All Free Play locations boast a large collection of arcade and pinball machines that are free-to-play (hence the name) after guests pay an entry fee at the door.

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Trinity Groves

Singleton Boulevard and Gulden Lane

Dallas, TX 75212

According to the Free Play Dallas announcement post, “We’re bringing more than 150 authentic arcade games, pinball machines, skeeball, and more. We’re also bringing our best-in-class (full) bar and kitchen to finally deliver the Dallas arcade of your dreams. No filler, no fake games, just the good stuff.”

The company has stressed its commitment to authentic arcade hardware in its other locations, purchasing and maintaining real retro machines instead of building newer machines that only emulate classic games.

Free Play has experimented with different loyalty programs over the years, including a membership subscription and even a summer reading program that hearkened back to the ‘80s and ‘90s, like the arcade itself.

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One of Free Play’s most prominent D-FW competitors, Cidercade, just opened its own expansion in Fort Worth, with an Arlington location planned. Cidercade already had a Dallas location.

As for why it’s expanding into Dallas instead of another local city, Free Play Dallas mentions on its website that “Dallas has been at the top of Free Play’s list for years but finding a good real estate fit has been a challenge (and also the pandemic sucked).”

Free Play Dallas will be located at 3015 Gulden Lane.

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