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Madison, WI (438 Grand Canyon Dr, Store #604) is a Showbiz Pizza/Chuck E. Cheese that opened on July 7, 1982 as a corporate ShowBiz Pizza Place with a Classic Stage.

History[]

Madison opened its doors on July 7th, 1982 as the third Showbiz Pizza Place in Wisconsin after Milwaukee (Good Hope Rd & S 27th St, both opened a year prior in June 17th and August 27th, 1981, respectively). It was originally and currently a corporate-owned store. Madison originally featured the Rock-Afire Explosion, as all other Showbiz locations did. Like many other ShowBiz Pizza locations, it had a typical SPP layout seen in many other stores across the United States and would eventually receive the 1988 remodel years after it would open. Although some little documentation exists back in the ShowBiz days, it can be determined that Madison was one of several locations to receive an Uncle Klunk show package (and a Santa Claus retrofit package as well) sometime after opening. Like many ShowBiz locations in the late 1980s, Madison received the Showbiz Pizza Campground upgrade.

In 1991, Madison received Concept Unification which converted the show to Munch's Make Believe Band. By 1995, Madison received another remodel which involved the Phase 1 game package and expanded the exterior. In around the Late 1990's, Madison received the Phase 2 game -package which removed some early 90's decor and added new decor and SkyTubes. Madison remained this way until sometime in 2008-2009 when they received the 2005 Remodel which involved removing the Showroom Walls, Balcony Seating, expanded the exterior again, got an expansion, and also removing some older 90's decor. In July 2021, they received the 2.0 remodel which removed the 3-Stage for the Dance Floor. The store's Grand Reopening occurred on August 26th, 2021[1]. As of January 2023, they still have the Dance Floor.

Stages[]

Madison opened with the Rock afire Explosion in July 1982. Unfortunately, there are some photos but no videos to exist of Madison with the Rock afire, or as a ShowBiz in general.

In 1991, Madison received Concept Unification, converting the Rock afire into Munch’s Make Believe Band.

In July 2021, Madison received 2.0 and removed the 3-Stage for the Dance Floor.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
Rock-Afire Explosion July 1982 1991 3rd Showbiz to open in Wisconsin.
3-Stage 1991 July 7th, 2021 One of three Showbiz Pizza stores in Wisconsin to undergo Concept Unification.
Dance Floor + Video Wall August 2021 Still in use 2021 Model.

Animatronics[]

Character Serial Status
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 10-81 1-14 Destroyed
Pasqually / Dook Larue 10-81 2-14 Destroyed
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 10-81 3-14 Destroyed
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 10-81 4-14 Destroyed
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 10-81 5-14 Destroyed
Billy Bob 10-81 6-14 Unknown/Destroyed
Pizzacam / Looney Bird 10-81 7-14 Unknown/Destroyed
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo 10-81 8-14 Unknown/Destroyed
Building / Sun 10-81 10-14 Destroyed
Moon 10-81 11-14 Destroyed
Antioch N/A Unknown/Destroyed
Wink N/A Destroyed

Gallery[]

Videos[]

Link Description Filming Date
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HJ4l19111c&list=PLmSugGYlVkI3N43hMGdHVhONQWvJ2nZ-A&index=19 Footage of the store in 1995 January 22, 1995

References[]

Trivia[]

  • Madison was the 3rd ShowBiz to open in Wisconsin after Milwaukee, WI (7401 Good Hope Rd) (Opened June 17, 1981) & Milwaukee, WI (4595 S 27th St) (Opened August 27, 1981)
  • Madison was one of three ShowBiz locations in Wisconsin to undergo Concept Unification (The other two being Green Bay & La Crosse) as Milwaukee, WI (7401 Good Hope Rd) replaced their Rock-afire with a Rocker Stage in June 1988 (Their show would get Concept Unification when the show was installed at Raleigh) and the store would eventually close sometime in 1995 with a 1-Stage. Milwaukee, WI (4595 S 27th St) & Appleton on the other hand were closed by 1986 and never converted into Chuck E. Cheese.
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