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Caines Arcade

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[Caine's Arcade] [♫ upbeat music ♫] >>My name's Caine, and I'm 9 years old. My arcade is called Caine's Arcade. It's open on weekends only, and it's pretty cheap. >>Caine does not pass by an arcade without stopping in. He loves tickets, playing games. He loves prizes. So it was only natural for him to build his own arcade. He loves to see how things are built. He takes all his toys apart to see how they work. [Caine's dad - George] He can't put them back together, but he takes them apart. Caine spent summer vacation coming to work with me. We sell auto parts in east L.A. [Caine] My dad has lots of boxes back there to ship parts out, so I cut them up to make my arcade games out of it. My first game I made. It's a basketball hoop I got at Shakey's Pizza, and it's really cool. [George] He taped it onto a box, and he was offering people chances to play for like a nickel. He started from that little game, and little by little they started getting fancier and fancier, and eventually he took over the whole store. [Nirvan - Caine's first customer] I met Caine randomly. I had to get a door handle for my '96 Corolla, so I pulled in to this used auto parts store, and I just came across this elaborate cardboard arcade. I asked him how much it was to play. He was like, "For one dollar you get four turns, but for two dollars you get a fun pass." Well, how many turns do you get with a fun pass? "You get 500 turns for a fun pass." I got a fun pass. [Caine] I made this fun pass, but it expires in one month, and you get 500 plays on any of these games. It's a great deal. I started to make games in the office. I have this speaker so I can talk through. I got tokens, my business cards, fun passes, and prizes. The first prizes--I used my old toys like the cars from my own toys. I used to like Hot Wheels when I was little. [George] I work from the back office, and it kept him out of my hair all summer. He would work on the arcade; I would work on eBay. [Caine] My next game I built was a soccer game. First of all it didn't have no goalies. People said it was too easy, so I bought army goalies. Those are blockers. I told them, "Is it easy now?" It's pretty hard, so you get two tickets if you make it in here. I'll give it a 4-star, hard game, challenging game. Four stars. [George] One day Caine tells me, "Dad, I want to buy a claw machine." I said, "Why don't you just build it?" So he got an S hook, put a piece of yarn on it, and then put a little track on top of the box. And I said, "What the heck--?" He figured out how to make a claw machine with a string and a hook! [Caine] Here's some sunglasses. These are the glasses that I like the most--star sunglasses. [George] He bought calculators to put on every arcade game. And I go, "What's that for?" [Caine] The calculators are right for security to see if it's a real fun pass or not. The back of the fun pass has a security number, so when you go here-- you have to turn it on, and you put the PIN number in it, and you push the checkmark button, and a big number comes out. That's how you know it's a real fun pass. [♫] [George] My dad started the business in 1955. We have used auto parts. Most of our business has gone online because we really don't get the walk-up traffic like we used to. So Caine's chance of getting one customer is pretty hard. Caine's always waiting in front, sitting on his little chair, and trying to convince people to play. But not too much luck. [Caine to customer] Caine's Arcade grand opening. [George] But he never gets discouraged. He's always sweeping up and dusting off the games, waiting for customers. He only wears his shirt on Saturdays and Sundays when he comes to open up his arcade, and he's really proud of his shirt because he thought it up and he designed it. When Caine got back to school from vacation, he started telling everybody that he had an arcade, and nobody believed him. So he won't wear his shirt to school because he's afraid that kids might tease him about it. You know, he told them, "Hey, I got my own arcade!" And they're going, "Yeah, yeah. Sure." [♫ piano music ♫] [traffic sounds] [George] Well, one day my secretary comes running into the office: "George, you'll never believe it. Somebody's playing Caine's Arcade!" And I said, "No way." So I was looking through the security camera, watching them. [Nirvan] And I'm playing like miniature soccer, miniature basketball, and then when you score a point, he would crawl into the box and he pulls out these little tickets out of the side of the cardboard. [Caine] Like real arcade games, tickets come from the bottom. [Nirvan] And I was like, "This kid's a genius." [George] Nirvan came back one day when Caine wasn't here, and he told me, "Do you mind if I make a short film about Caine's Arcade?" And I said, "Well, actually, it's kind of like a little joke around here, because you're his only customer." [Nirvan] I was blown away. Caine's only sold one fun pass? The fun pass is an awesome deal. [George] So Nirvan said, "Well, what if I can get him a couple customers?" And I said, "That would make his day. If you can get him one customer, he'll be happy." [Nirvan] And at that point we hatched a plan to invite everybody in L.A. to come play Caine's Arcade. The idea was do a surprise flashmob at Caine's Arcade on a Sunday afternoon. [George] And I'm thinking, "Who's going to come down to a junkyard on a Sunday afternoon?" East L.A.? Who's really going to show up? [Nirvan] Then I made a little Facebook event which a friend posted on Hidden LA, which has over 230,000 fans, and all of a sudden it just started going viral. [George] Nirvan put it over the Internet, and all of a sudden, within an hour, we had NBC news here. [Nirvan] Then it hit the front page of Reddit, which is like being on the front page of the Internet. [George] I started reading the comments: "I wish I could be there; I live in New York." "I wish I could be there; I live in Europe." And I'm going, "Wow." It was getting big. [George] The plan is I'm going to take Caine to Shakey's Pizza. We're going to play some arcade games. We're going to eat lunch while Nirvan sets up a big surprise party. Caine has no idea what we're doing, and when we get back, he'll have the biggest surprise of his life. [Nirvan] And the idea is just to get as many people as we can to come out to Caine's Arcade and just make his day. [♫] [George] Caine's dying to have one customer show up to his arcade, so Caine is going to be the most surprised little boy in the whole wide world. [Nirvan] Okay, we're ready. [♫] [Nirvan] In about a minute, he is going to arrive here. [George] Hey, Caine. Can we go home early today? We had no customers. [Caine] No. [George] No? Come on. Your dad's tired. [Caine] No can do. [George] No can do? [♫] [George] We're back, Caine. [music, cheering] [George] Wow. What's going on over here? [Caine giggles.] [cheering] [George] We finally got some customers here. [music, cheering] [Crowd chanting: "We came to play!"] [Nirvan] All right, everybody. This is Caine. [cheering] Caine, this is everybody. All these people came here to play your arcade. Did you know they were coming? [Caine] No. [Nirvan] Are you ready to run your arcade? [Caine] Yeah. [Nirvan] All right. What did you guys come here to do? [Crowd] We came to play! [Nirvan] Welcome to Caine's Arcade, man. [♫ Song] Well, there's a C that could be for cardboard, and the A could be for arcade. But the A could also be for auto parts, because his pop's shop is where it's made. And the I has got to be for imagination of which the kid's got a lot. And the N ought to be for noggin, where the idea first got thought. But then the E (oh, yes, the E) oh, yes, the E (oh, yes, the E) well, the E's got to be for everybody (that's you and me) because everybody's who's invited to come on down to play. If you've got the pluck to try your luck, come on down to Caine's Arcade. Oh, Caine's Arcade (Caine's Arcade) Oh, Caine's Arcade (Caine's Arcade) It's the best cardboard arcade ever been made (ever made!) Grab yourself a fun pass, and y'all come on down and play. If you've got the pluck to try your luck, get on down to Caine's Arcade. [♫] [crowd cheering] [a film by Nirvan Mullick] [an Interconnected production] [cinematography by Monika Lenczewska and Marcin Nadolny] [edited by Hilda Rasula] [cardboard arcade by Caine Monroy] [Caine] First of all, I want to know how to get all these people. Are those your friends? When I came by there, I was like, "Is this real life or was I just dreaming?" So I came out, and it was real people, like real life. Like, they're really playing the games. Then Alice comes by, and I saw a lot of people, and like huh--I don't know. Probably there's some parade around here somewhere. All of a sudden, there was all that when I was back here. So I thought they were cheering for me, and they were. And I was proud. [Help Caine's scholarship fund!] [ - @cainesarcade - @nirvan]

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Duration: 10 minutes and 58 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Views: 1,358
Posted by: open on Apr 13, 2012

A 9 year old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad's used auto parts store is about to have the best day of his life. Help Caine's Scholarship Fund:

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