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Northridge, CA (8425 Reseda Blvd), Store #451, was a Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre that opened in September 1981 with the Balcony Stage, and is still open to this day.

The location was originally deemed as the one and only legacy store, with plans for it to be a permanent home for its 2-Stage and "all legacy Chuck E. Cheese nostalgia". The location was also originally going to be the one and only permanent home of CEC animatronics.

However, in March 2024 CEC went back on that claim by creating a future planning survey. This would lead to 4 other stages to be kept as "legacy" stores as stated by the company. Out of the 4 stages saved, 3 of them were Munch's Make Believe Band stages and 1 was a Studio C stage, bringing the total legacy stores to 5.

Stages[]

Originally when the store opened in 1981, they had a Balcony Stage like most Pizza Time Theatres that opened around that time. They would have their Balcony Stage for several years, until around 1989-1990, when they would convert it to the C-Stage. They would only have the C-Stage for a very short time, as in 1993 they would convert it to a 2-Stage. The only major cosmetic changes prior to 2011 was the replacement of Chuck's tuxedo outfit with the Cool Chuck outfit sometime in the early to mid-2000s.

In 2011, the Lancaster, CA (44650 Valley Central Way) location would relocate while not reusing their cyberamic stage at the new location. Northridge would be sent all of their cyberamic animatronics to replace their original 1981 PTT Cyberamics. They now have 1990s Cyberamics, which are much sturdier than the originals, and have cosmetics in much better shape.

In July 2023 Northridge started to receive the 2.0 remodel. However, despite Northridge getting the 2.0 remodel, the stage's TV would be replaced, and the stage was to be kept as the "permanent home of the Chuck E. Cheese animatronic gang". This would change in May 2024 when CEC would announce 4 other locations would be keeping their animatronics as well.

After it was confirmed that Northridge was keeping their 2-Stage, Chuck E.'s Cool Chuck outfit would be replaced with the Rockstar outfit on October 26th the same year, followed by the stage receiving lift curtains from the Huntington Beach location on November 5th.

Stage Installed Removed
Balcony Stage September 1981 1989-1990
Chuck E.'s House Facade 1989-1990 1993
2-Stage 1993 Still in Use
Chuck E. Live Stage (2021 Model) August 2023 Still in Use
Video Wall September 2023 Still in Use

1981-1992[]

The Northridge location opened in September 1981 as a Pizza Time Theatre with a Balcony Stage. The lounge and cabaret acts they would receive would be The King and Dolli Dimples. They would open with Harmony Howlette as their guest star, but would later replace her for Helen Henny. Between 1989-1990, they would receive the SPT 1988 Remodel Program, which removed the remains of Pizza Time Theatre. This remodel would also install their C-Stage.

1993-2023[]

In 1993, Northridge would receive the SPT 1992 Remodel Program which would renovate the restaurant by installing the shelves, balcony, records, and more. Around this time they would remove the C-Stage for the 2-Stage. The store would remain untouched with only minor changes such as receiving carpet from the CEC 2010 Update Program, and installing a Salad Bar poster from the CEC 2005 Remodel Program.

2.0 Remodel[]

On July 25, 2023, Northridge would start its 2.0 Remodel. It was originally intended to become a standard 2.0 according to blueprints, but at last minute plans changed, causing Northridge to become the first Chuck E. Cheese Legacy Location. Although originally planned to keep more of their 90s artwork, due to lack of discussion between CEC Entertainment, LLC & the supervisor of the remodel these plans were dropped and all old artwork was either destroyed, painted over, or sent to the Showbiz Pizza Time Distribution Center in Topeka, Kansas. Currently all that remains from the 1993 remodel are the 2-Stage and the Shelves, which had the Chuck E. Cheese statues removed a few days prior to opening.

CEC would announce in October 2023 that Northridge would now be the only Munch's Make Believe Band Residency. However in March 2024, CEC went back on both of those claims by creating a future planning survey, which would lead to more locations becoming MMBB residencies.

To celebrate the grand re-opening of the first Munch's Make Believe Band Residency location, the 2023 Northridge Grand Reopening Party would be held on November 10th. Nolan Bushnell and David McKillips would attend the event to very light news coverage and guests hitting the maximum capacity of the store.

Animatronics[]

Animatronic Manufacturing Date Whereabouts
Chuck E. Cheese (Cyberamic) 1981 Destroyed / Replaced with Lancaster, CA’s.
Guest Star / Helen Henny (Cyberamic) 1981 Destroyed / Replaced with Lancaster, CA’s.
Mr. Munch (Cyberamic) 1981 Destroyed / Replaced with Lancaster, CA’s.
Jasper T. Jowls (Cyberamic) 1981 Destroyed / Replaced with Lancaster, CA’s.
Pasqually (Cyberamic) 1981 Destroyed / Replaced with Lancaster, CA’s.
Warblettes (Cyberamic) 1981 Unknown.
Waving Flags (Cyberamic) 1981 Unknown.
Applause Board (Cyberamic) 1981 Unknown.
Drum Board (Cyberamic) Unknown Unknown.
Singing Flowers (Cyberamic) Unknown Unknown.
Dolli Dimples (Cabaret) 1981 Unknown.
The King / King Kat (Lounge) 1981 Unknown.
Chuck E. Cheese (Cyberamic) 1992 In store. Originally from Lancaster, CA.
Guest Star / Helen Henny (Cyberamic) 1992 In store. Originally from Lancaster, CA.
Mr. Munch (Cyberamic) 1992 In store. Originally from Lancaster, CA.
Jasper T. Jowls (Cyberamic) 1992 In store. Originally from Lancaster, CA. Currently wearing West Hills's mask.
Pasqually (Cyberamic) 1992 In store. Originally from Lancaster, CA.
Wink (Cyberamic) 1992/1993 In store.

Videos[]

Link Description Filming Date
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eDKbhJnfEw Footage of Gameroom and Showroom. Only a single shot shows the stage. 1988
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV2Q8Yzb6Lo&t=1528s Footage of the July 1993 Show alongside some rides. Summer 1993
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-RSyx_8ZNY Footage of northridge ca playing the april 1994 show and showing off some of the store and the animatronics at the time. Footage starts at 15:19. 1994
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaH-7N7iRjI Footage of the store featured on Made; this features a small clip of the show's Jasper animatronic performing Ace in The Hole from the January 2001 Show. 2001
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRlmzWHePpg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FF13OHUJh0 Footage of northridge in late 2009, with their original bots. Late 2009
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkD1_amzkrU Footage of a birthday party showcasing the stage January 5, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crITWXJYIaA Store tour before the 2.0 Remodel. June 2023
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsCD9c1M-tU Store tour before the 2.0 Remodel. July 2023
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCoODhl6mBQ Store tour during the 2.0 Remodel. August 1, 2023
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCoODhl6mBQ exterior during the 2.0 remodel. August 13, 2023
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW58Ot5lkUA Store tour during the 2.0 Remodel. August 18, 2023
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0_YhrBEabQ Official CEC Live announcement of the store's grand-reopening and its place as the Munch's Make Believe Band Residency. October, 2023
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIm00rXKVGw Footage of the animatronics playing Let's Have A Party before the Reopening Party. November 9, 2023
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHCKVXwsfUo First working showcase of the curtains in a test 1 hour before the Northridge Reopening Party November 10, 2023

Trivia[]

  • Northridge is the only Legacy location to be on the West Coast.
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