Every game room needs at least one unique item that will spark conversations and an old-fashioned jukebox will do just that.
One company that’s making modern jukeboxes in the same tradition as the originals from the mid-20th century is the Rock-Ola Manufacturing Company. Their all-original, hand-finished, nostalgic jukeboxes are designed to look exactly like the classic style jukeboxes one would’ve found in diners back in the ‘40s and ‘50s—they’re assembled by hand, feature exotic woods for the cabinets and they’re built to stand the test of time.
“It’s the best quality nostalgic style with the latest technology,” says Glenn Streeter, owner of Rock-Ola.
In 1977, Streeter built on his love for vintage technology and started the Antique Apparatus Company in his garage. Eventually, the company began to refine its specializations, and Streeter started restoring jukeboxes—some of the restored systems even ended up on television shows.
“One of my restorations ended up on “Cheers” and now resides in the Smithsonian Museum with other TV archives,” Streeter says. Each jukebox features a distinct, guitar shaped magnet CD holder with an Elvis signature. Rock-Ola created these jukeboxes as homage to the heyday of rock and roll, as well as part of an effort to pay tribute to an entertainment icon that revolutionized 20th century music.
“It reminds them of the good old days of real rock and roll music,” says Streeter, about the appeal of jukeboxes.