Sunday, March 1, 2015

Smiles Entertainment Center

Don't be fooled by the old signage "Smiles" is anything but. This once thriving entertainment center now looks like a scene out of Columbia Pictures feature film "Zombie Land". Complete with a Mini Golf Course, batting cage, full arcade and much more this true entertainment center was a staple in the community for over 35 years. In 2011 it's three decade run came to a halt when the economy was at an all time low, and just like that the family fun center was no more. It wasn't all fun and games here, the center has somewhat of a sinister past. In 2001 Smiles was host to a double stabbing where a party goer was stabbed three times, and most notable in 1994 when a gang battle erupted outside the center and a young boy was assaulted and others shot.  

Update: Location demolished in 2015






















Photos by Michael Parisi of AbandonedCT.com

Share your experience and memories of Smiles in the comments bellow!




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  2. How many arcade machines are still in there? Looks like quite a few.

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  3. These are awesome photos. HOWEVER. I would strongly recommend that nobody else reading this attempt to enter the building, as it's tightly monitored.

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    1. Merely out of curiosity, who is monitoring the building?

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    2. it is not highly monitored that is a load of shit. I was there maybe 2 months ago with one of my friends shooting off BB guns, not one person stopped or pulled over to question what we were doing, no one cares about Milford Rec

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    3. There's a silent alarm, guys.

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    4. Apparently, there is someone you can call to get inside and check the place out. My guess is you would be pretending you are interesting in buying some of the machines (or you could actually just buy a machine and save their poor abandoned souls)

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    5. Hah. Highly monitored bannnahaha

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  4. I worked here when I was in high school up until I left for college. I worked with friends at the time from my high school...it was fun. I became the manager of Lazer Tag for a while before I left...it was such a crummy and dirty arena. The best part was setting the fog machine on the highest setting so parents couldn't see their kids birthday parties on the tv screens and the kids moving like zombies lol.

    The owner didn't know how to run the family business...his father had to step in a lot, the managers where all corrupt and dead beats who got a power trip on taking advantage of and pushing around high school working kids. In particular Randy was a douce. He thought it was cool and the best manager because he drove a POS Nissan 300Z that he always parked outside the main doors by the pool hall in the handicap spot.

    This place pretty much feel apart because the family had no control over the business and management didn't know how to run the business...so no surprise this place fell from its glory days when it was Milford Amusement when I was a kid and was a clean and safe place. A lot of those arcade machines in these pics are the still same one from when I started there back in 2002...so pathetic...RIP Smiles and my memories...

    -Bear (for those who worked there, you know who I am, or for those who fell to me in lazer tag when your team challenged me)

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    1. Terry was my favorite... he always clicked the lever inside the machines so I had free games... And Steve always severely undercharged me for pool...table 25 lol

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    2. Bear.....Sounds familiar. I worked in this establishment around the late 90s. Long time ago.

      I just recall late night Q-Zar. Like after it was closed. Now there was a lot of fun, playing the custom games.

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    3. This place was the Best from the mid 80s to the late 90s. Once they lost their good Management team, it all fell apart. I still miss working there!!!!

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    4. When did you work there, and which managers are you referring to?

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    5. Guys named Randy are always Douches.

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    6. Hey Anonymous..... What's up????????//

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    7. 80's and 90's were the best, though Allen was cool for listening to me and my friends and hosting tournaments and stuff.

      Played so many gg's with some of the staff in MvC when they were on their breaks. Cool cats, would love to reconnect. Forgot their names... The one tech that would put the game on free play during his break then leave it on for us to play free when he went back to work was god.

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    8. and Terry, your name sounds familiar... were you always wearing a hat and had a mustache?

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    9. Yes, that's me... and I'm still friends with Allen too.

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  5. I worked there in high school

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  6. How sad! I spent so much time here and my son has birthday parties up until 2006! My older brother bottomed out my dad's car in the parking lot riding over an island! We have great memories of mini golf and laser tag! Too bad someone could save and reopen this legendary hot spot for many generations!

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  7. I haven't lived in Connecticut for many years. What an amazing piece of my childhood we, used to go to the lock in every month and had a blast. I didn't even know it was closed. Very sad. Thank you for publishing this.

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  8. i just want to know how you got in there . I was there a few weeks ago. I looked through every where.. you had to have broken something to get in.

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    1. You can't even break in anymore. The building got demolished. They built a Panera Bread and are working on a bank.

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  9. I have so many great memory's here but what killed this place was the staff in the last few years they where power tripping jerks and a lot of the equipment was faulty and the managers didn't care about people getting injured

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  10. SO VERY SAD! WE USE TO HAVE SUCH GREAT TIMES THERE GROWING UP!!!!!

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  11. Anyone remember when it was across the street in a much smaller building, up through at least the mid-seventies?

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  12. I remember going here after Arnies Place closed. Also before the Bridgeport Arcade, by Wonderland, started to overflow into here.

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  13. My friend died there but guess what years later I brought my kids there....miss that place I wish I had the money to reopen the place.....My whole childhood was being there every weekend..and all summer when they were open.....lock ins and all... jenn quack. Nick name....

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  14. the lock ins where the best teens could play all night long for one price

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  15. Is the place for sale? Any idea how much the owners are looking to get for it?

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    1. http://www.ci.milford.ct.us/economic-community-development/news/milford-now-smilesmilford-amusement-owner-talks-redevelopment-pl

      :(

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  16. I would work there would love for it to be restored... jenn quack

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  17. About this very fine site - Abandoned CT,
    I think basic information about any site mentioned should include the following. (If possible)
    1. The name of the abandoned site. (If any)
    2. The town where the site is located.
    3. Any route numbers, road names, ect., to help
    visitors not familar with the local area.
    4. To help locate a lost road - old road markers entry point pictures, farm houses, would be helpful.
    5. On site pictures. (If possible).
    6. (State or Town land?) Information, (If possible), about land owners permission to access site.
    7. Anything you find useful. (GPS coordinates?)

    There are hundreds of strange and abondoned places in Connecticut that are only known to the local residents.
    Remember, only you know exactly where a site is located, the rest of us don't.
    I hope this helps. Thanks

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  18. Started a Facebook group for milford rec/smiles... Hoping to get people to post pictures (digital and especially film) they have of the place from back in the glory days. Hard to believe how hard it is to find pictures of this place today...

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ripmilfordentertainment/

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  19. It has been completely turn down now. There's naught left but a big pile of dirt and rubble.http://ctboom.com/no-ones-got-next-milford-amusement-has-finally-been-torn-down/

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  20. It wasn't all fun and games here, the center has somewhat of a sinister past. animation exposure sheet

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  21. That's so crazy my grampa uses to always take me there I loved that chair on the wall that would like rotate you ha and the bumper boats I can't imagine this place being closed and I used to work at that pizza buffet next to it so crazy it was such a unique place too sad it went out like that :(

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  22. My mom used to take me and my brother to Milford Rec in the late 80's and early 90's. $20 would get us something like 144 coins. It would last us the whole afternoon. So many great memories here. I remember the bumper boats in summer, batters up, mini golf. This was a great place to spend time as a kid before everyone was stuck in their phones.

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  23. So upset no one wanted it to still be there. Killed all my childhood memories :(

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  24. I loved that place as a kid! Its was so much fun haha. I even had a laser tag birthday party there!

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  25. That place would have made a SICK nightclub where the lower ticket counter, the laser tag area, and the big bouncy seat horns and jungle gym were, bar and grill up where the pool tables were wouldda been A+++ and the old area where the bumper cars were out back when I was a kid would make a great outdoor seating and music venue!

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  26. That place would have made a SICK nightclub where the lower ticket counter, the laser tag area, and the big bouncy seat horns and jungle gym were, bar and grill up where the pool tables were wouldda been A+++ and the old area where the bumper cars were out back when I was a kid would make a great outdoor seating and music venue!

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