Resurrect an Old Arcade Marquee





Introduction: Resurrect an Old Arcade Marquee

if your as big of a old school video game freak you might have an old arcade marquee. this will show you how to do something besides have it setting around dust!!! also found this on the web any one who has time check this out and find my love for this game :

Step 1: Gather the Stuff

my "wooden box" was made from nothing but junk and scrap wood. I used a florescent bulb holder, scrap mdf and an old marquee oh yeah and if desired spray paint!!

Step 2: Cutting the Wood

as you can see from the picture I used scraps of wood. but I cut the side pieces, then with a table saw cut in notches were the marquee will slide in and out of. the 2nd picture is the pieces with the new notches. the 3rd is showing how when complete will hold the marquee. now time to cut the top and bottom pieces as shown in the 4th picture! if you can see I used a staple gun to attach everything because my father didn't put it away and anything to relate with a gun seems cool to me and its a lot faster.

Step 3: Putting It Together

now cut the back to fit and put it together. this project is a pretty straight forward project thats why I didn't go in to detail. but as seen in the picture, this is it with everything except the top the next picture shows ho the top is put on this is so I can open the top to replace the bulb with less fuss. after this step go prime the casing if needed yo can first coat th mdf with a mixture of %80 elmers glue and %20 water this will give a nice finish due to the mdf being so porous. after that insert the electrics and *DONE* just buy a bulb ( which is what I need to still do hence why the tutorial isn't done)

Step 4: For a Not So Crazy Old School Gamers

if you would like to do this project but don't have a spare marquee you can make one. YES thats right!! if your one of the many people on this site that know what mame is you probably know how to do this. I used a great website that has alot of high resolution pictures of arcade marquees the url is:

or do some googling on a specific game you are looking for. so all you have to do is copy the +ed image and paste in a program such as printshop 15 or adobe the dimensions of my marquee is about 25.5" x 7". so now print it out obviously its going to be on 2 sheets of paper so cut it out with scissors or an X acto knife then just scotch tape it to a piece of plexi glass the same size as the printed out marquee

Step 5: An Update

I finally got the bulb and spray paint some I did some work today. spray painting it was easy so hopefully theres no need for me to elaborate on that. but for the bulb all I did was put hot glue on the back of the holders and held them until the glue cooled. from the picture you can see I'm missing a starter so that needs to be replaced, so this will be the newest update until then!

Step 6: Finished!!!!!!!

I finally bought a bulb starter and here is the results!!



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    Great idea, especially for marquee's from rare games which can be gotten for next to nothing off Ebay! You may want to try rigging it up with LEDs instead, in the long run might save you some $ on electricity.

    What is the most slim you can make the housing box without worrying about a fire hazard?

    oh, idk but you want enough room for light to disperse into the marquee for a nice decent light coverage

    Love it! I need a bit more info, please. How deep is the box and what was the wattage of the light? I'm a novice, so any advice is appreciated.

    it really all depends on th size of the marquee. some are bigger than others. and idk the wattage it is what ever bulb i could get,

    Great way to salvage old arcade marquee. Your Project came out great, and it looks like it can be easily adapted to building a arcade cabinet. My only criticism is the use of hot glue to fasten the light holder to the wood, since the light makes some heat. I would of used a 2 part epoxy like JB weld instead.

    cool idea, my kids would love that in their rooms

    I don't have a stortrooper costume, but i DO have an R2D2.

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    what did you build that out of*? and is there any other use for it besides looking cool? *maybe you should make a instructable....... maybe?