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Pizza Showtime was a family restaurant and entertainment center operating in Perth, Western Australia from 1980 to around 1984. Similar to the American Chuck E. Cheese chain it was a sit down pizza restaurant complemented by arcade games, and animatronic characters.

The restaurant was located in the defunct Grand Theatre Building on Murray Street (a site now occupied by a shopping and office complex housing the Department of Immigration and Citizenship). It featured 'space invaders' style game consoles built into the customer tables (operated with tokens[1]) and an animatronic stage show featuring a dog, a piano playing kangaroo (with joey), singing koalas, a wise cracking horse and dingo and a fiddle playing American bear. The animatronic robots cost "in excess of $100,000"[2] and are claimed to have had "more movements than any Disney character"[3]. Australian actor Jack Thompson provided the voice for the "Ringo Dingo" character.

Pizza Showtime closed down around 1984 and the robot characters dismantled and sent to Sydney[4].

References

  1. Chuck E. Cheese Design History. Chuck E. Cheese Design History. Retrieved on 2009-04-10.
  2. Pizza Showtime. The Worst of Perth. Retrieved on 2009-04-10.
  3. Pizza Showtime. The Worst of Perth. Retrieved on 2009-04-10.
  4. Pizza Showtime. The Worst of Perth. Retrieved on 2009-04-10.

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