Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade

Documentary screening

1 Mar 2011

The arcade era came to a premature end in the mid 1980s. Arcades around the world were being shut down, and to many arcade gamers this meant their dreams were crushed. Chasing Ghosts tells the story of these lost dreams. The documentary is the fourth in our series of Arcade related screenings. Every Tuesday at Mediamatic. Please RSVP.


Chasing Ghosts found on 8BitCity - Sophie Logothetis

The film

The market crash of the mid 1980s also meant the end of the Arcade era. Arcade players had dedicated their lives to these magical places, and they were utterly disappointed when the arcades disappeared. Some moved on and left the gaming world, others devoted their lives to preserving the arcade gaming legacy. The choice one has to make between chasing ghosts or a life in reality?

More information

The movie starts at 19.30 and is in English. An all-inclusive ticket (entrance to the Arcade exhibition before 19.00, and to the movie) sets you back €7,50. A ticket to just the movie (after 19.00) is €5,-. Location: Mediamatic Bank, Vijzelstraat 68 Amsterdam. The documentary lasts approximately 90 minutes. Check the Arcade event page for more movies.


This screening is part of Mediamatic's latest exhibition, Arcade: an expanding collection of old and new games and installations. Arcade is open until March 27th, 2011. On weekdays between 13.00 and 19.00 and on the weekend from 13.00 to 18.00. Exhibition space meets arcade. Come play with us.