Chuck E. Cheese is the place Where A Kid Can Be A Kid®, hosting half a million kids birthday parties every year, and where positive, lifelong memories for families are made through arcade games, pizza, and family friendly entertainment.
How we started
Chuck E. Cheese began in the late 70s as a groundbreaking & innovative concept bringing pizza, games and entertainment all under one roof. Founded, by Nolan Bushnell, the co-founder of Atari, first known as Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theatre, was the first interactive entertainment restaurant for families. While our name has changed to Chuck E. Cheese and our experience looks a bit different, we still provide the best family entertainment with arcade games and pizza to this day.
Chuck E. Cheese Milestones
First Chuck E. Cheese Opens
The first Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre opened on May 17, 1977 in San Jose, California. The 5,000 square foot location was the first restaurant of its kind for kids and families that offered pizza, animatronic entertainment, and an indoor arcade.
Chuck E. Cheese Makes his first live appearance Debut
The iconic and beloved face of Chuck E. Cheese makes his first live appearance in stores
First International location opens
Chuck E. Cheese becomes a global sensation by expanding to the first International location in Guatemala City
Chuck E. Cheese Gets a New Look
Chuck E. Cheese receives a fresh new look appealing to families of all ages
Last Ball Pit Removed
Ball pits are no longer a part of the Chuck E. Cheese experience and instead new games and attractions are added
Play Pass is Introduced
Play Pass & Play Bands take the place of traditional tokens. The tap-to-play game card system provides an easier, more convenient, and cleaner way to play.
All You Can Play Transforms Arcade Games Play
All you can Play provides guests the ability to play as many arcade games as possible on a timecard
New Fun Center Renovations
A fresh, vibrant, and contemporary look that is appealing to kids and kids at heart with new games, attractions and more!
E-Tickets Replace Paper Tickets
E-Tickets are introduced as a contactless, eco-friendly, easy and convenient alternative to paper tickets that are tracked and saved on a Playpass or Playband.
First-ever Chuck E. Cheese Mobile App Launches
The app allows guests to plan their entire visit before they enter our venue, take advantage of member-only perks and gives them access to customized promotions and offers
With over 2 billion game plays per year, Chuck E. Cheese offers the most popular arcade, sports and kid-focused games with varying skill levels for multiplayer games and players of all ages. With All You Can Play, gameplay is both affordable and easy.
Chuck E. Cheese and friends are one of the most recognized and cherished characters in the U.S. with their evolution from animatronics in each store to curating kid-friendly entertainment on multiple channels.
Using fresh dough and ingredients, Chuck E. Cheese pizza includes a family restaurant environment with delicious pizza. We are the largest pizza place with arcade games in the world!