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The Chuck E. Live Stage is the current stage produced for company-owned Chuck E. Cheese locations. There are currently almost 200 of these stages installed as part of the new "Pizzeria & Games" remodel.

History

As far back as 2002, CEC Entertainment has tried to phase out the animatronics from their stores, and put the walkaround Chuck E. as the main focus, ultimately this concept failed due to the animatronics were still popular. But it didn't stop CEC at taking a second crack at it.

Development

As mentioned above, CEC wanted to phase out the animatronics and put a greater focus on the walkaround. Thus opting for a Interactive Dance Floor. This stage was referred to as the "Party Zone" stage while in development.

First Version

The first Dance Floor was installed in Plano, Texas; The most noticeable difference from the previous stages, is that it doesn't feature any animatronics. Instead, an employee in a Chuck E. Cheese costume provides all performances. Another feature that makes this format unique is that this stage is located in the center of the dining room instead of the back like all the other stages.

On the floor is a dance mat with flashing lights and a red frame where the walkaround Chuck E. Cheese performs during the live shows. Above is a fixture consisting of a sign stating "Chuck E. Live!" on the front and "Happy Birthday!!" on the back, six video monitors that play the videos, one "Circle of Light" on either side of the display as well as a digital LCD countdown clock on the front that counts down the time remaining for the next show. The color changing Chuck E. Cheese silhouettes from the Circles of Light stage are also on the walls on the sides and back of the dining area.

Second Version

A short lived second version was introduced at the San Antonio, "Stone Oak" Texas; and Kansas City, Missouri; locations for the 2.0 Remodel, the stage consisted of the six video monitors, but with the clock and Circles of Light overhead removed. The stage's overhang also consisted of gold stars stating "You're A Star" as well as "Chuck E. Live" on it. The dance floor had a purple frame and the back wall had color silhouettes of the characters as well as monitors on each panel. The layout of the area was also made much more colorful.

Third Version

After these 2 locations, later versions of the stage removed the stars and included a more basic structure that is lighter on ceilings, updated the dance floor to be more interactive, and did away with the TVs on the back wall. Even later versions reduced the TV's from 6 to 3.

Fourth Version

As of late 2021, the Live Stage was once again updated. This new version does away with the six TVs above the dance floor and instead features one big TV built into the wall, with two flat-screen TVs far beside it.

Stages
Current Stages
1-Stage - 2-Stage - 3-Stage - Road Stage - Studio C Alpha - Studio C Beta - Studio C Cappa - Studio C Alpha Beta Mix - Studio C Beta Cappa Mix - Circles of Light - Chuck E. Live Stage
Test Stages
The Awesome Adventure Machine - Concept Unification Prototype - Star Stage - CU 1-Stage - Galaxy Stage
Retired Stages
The Shelf - Balcony Stage - C-Stage - Rocker Stage
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