Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre (Partially lost showtape recordings for animatronic theater; 1977-1995)

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Example of a showtape.

Status: Partially Lost

Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre is a restaurant chain started in 1977.

At Pizza Time Theater (as well as the current incarnation Chuck E. Cheese's) and any other animatronic restaurant chain, the programming for the characters, the lighting effects, video footage (If the show has a video monitor that goes along with it), and the show's audio were stored on showtapes (or as of recent showdisc).

These usually contained skits and/or songs sung by the animatronic characters on stage.

Main Showtapes (Pizza Time Players)[edit | edit source]

The following listed are CEC/PTT main stage showtapes, their dates release and both audio and animatronic signal status.

Showtape title Release Dates Audio Status Signal Status
Original PTT Tape with Crusty May 17, 1977 Partially Lost Lost
Helen Henny "Portrait" Showtape (With Crusty & Warblettes) August 1977 Lost Lost
Madam Oink "Portrait" Showtape (With Crusty & Warblettes) February 1978 Partially Lost Lost
Foxy Colleen "Portrait" Showtape (With Crusty & Warblettes) October 1978 Partially Found? (Some of the segments without Crusty might have been reused in Foxy Colleen IV - Irish Stew. All Through that's unconfirmed) Lost
Helen Henny "Portrait" Showtape (With Mr. Munch & Mopsey Sisters) November 1978 Partially Found Lost
Madam Oink "Portrait" Showtape #2 May 1979 Lost Lost
Unknown August 1979 Lost Lost
Sally I November 1979 Found Found
Unknown March 1980 Lost Lost
Dr. Dux Diagnostic Stage/Shelf 1980 Found Found [1](Though signal audio is damaged)
Foxy Colleen III - Showboat (With Mr. Munch & Warblettes) May 1980 Lost Lost
Foxy Colleen IV - Irish Stew August 1980 Found Found
Madam Oink - Around the World (Normal and X-Mas ver.) November 7, 1980 Found (Both Variations) Found
Harmony Howlette's Wild West Show May 1981-October 1982 Found Found
Harmony II - Harmony's Hoedown (Normal and CEC's 5th B-day) December 1981 Found (Both Variations) Found (Both Variations)
Madame Oink III - Tunnel of Love (CEC's 5th B-day and Normal) May 1982-March 1983 Found (Both Variations) Found (Both Variations)
Madame Oink III - "Tunnel of Love" Spanish Version 1982 Lost Lost
Madame Oink IV - "The Tune Machine" March-September 1, 1983 Found Found
Broadway Helen Henny June 1983-March 1984 Found Found
Bandstand 1 March 1984 Found Found
Bandstand 2 1984 Found Found
Country Helen 1984 Found Found
Unknown (Back to School?) January-March 1985 Lost Lost
Hit Parade April-May 1985 Found Found
Salute to America June-July 1985 Found Found
Salute to Kids August-September 1985 Found Found
Happy Holidays (1985 & 1986) November-December 1985 & November-December 1986 Found Found
World of Kids January-February 1986 Found Found
Unknown March-April 1986 Lost Lost
Unknown May-June 1986 Lost Lost
History of Rock and Roll July-August 1986 Found Found
History of Rock and Roll II September-October 1986 Found Found
Happy Holidays (1985 & 1986) November-December 1985 & November-December 1986 Found Found
Movie Magic January-February 1987 Found Found
TV Westerns March-April 1987 Found Found
Summertime May-June 1987 Found Found
Working / Summertime July-August 1987 Found Found
CEC Faves / Working September-November 1987 Found Found
Home For the Holidays (Reel Only) December 1987 Found Found
Country / Faves January-February 1988 Found Found
Tune Machine/ Country March-April 1988 Found Found
Summertime/Tune Machine May-June 1988 Found Found
CEC Grammy Awards/Summertime July-August 1988 Found Found
CEC Dance/CEC Grammy Awards September-November 1988 Found Found
Home For the Holidays (Reel Only) December 1988 Found Found
Fractured Classics/Dance January-February 1989 Found Found
CEC Kiddie Songs/Fractured Rock March-April 1989 Found Found
Best of 1988 May-June 1989 Found Found
CEC Dreams/Kiddie Songs July-August 1989 Found Found
CEC Neighbors / Dreams September-November 1989 Found Found
Home For The Holidays (Reel & Cyberstar) December 1989 Found Lost
CEC American Pride/Neighbors January-February 1990 Found Found
CEC Kids/American Pride March-April 1990 Found Found
CEC TV Classics May-June 1990 Found Found
Summer Days July-August 1990 Found Found
September 1990 September 1990 - November 1990 Found Found
Christmas 1990 December 1990 Found Found

Cabaret, Lounge, and Other Showtapes[edit | edit source]

Alongside the main animatronic show, other rooms in the restaurant would host additional characters, playing their own individual showtapes. They were slowly phased out between the mid-late 1980s through the mid-late '90s as Showbiz Pizza Time (Now known as CEC Entertainment) slowly phased out the Pizza Time Theater Concept for the then more modern version of Chuck E. Cheese.

Showtape title Date Recorded Audio Status Signal Status
Dolli Dimples November 1978 Partially Lost Lost (For the original version of the showtape) Found (For all post 1979 versions of this showtape)
Dolli Dimples II December 1982 Found Found
Helen Henny October 1979 Found Found
Artie Antlers Early 1980 Found Found
Beagles I 1980 Partially Found Lost
Beagles II May 1982 Found Found
Beagles III February 1983 Found Found
King I June 1981 Found Found
King II February 1983 Found Found
King III November 1985 Found Found
King-Combo-Birthday July 1986 Partially Found Partially Found
King '90 #1 October 1990 Found Found
King '90 #2 October 1990 Found Found
Still the King March 1993 Lost? Lost
King '95 1995 Found Found
Four Little Shavers August 1981 Lost Lost
Beach Bowzers December 1982 Found Found
Beach Bowzers '91 March 1991 Found Found
B.B. Bubbles December 1982 Partially Found Lost
King Kat October 1984 Found Found

Media Recovery:[edit | edit source]

Due to the showtapes only ever being owned by the store, along with becoming obsolete once the next tape was sent in, most original tape copies are lost or destroyed. Tapes are mostly found in possession of a former employee (usually the technician) after their location has shut down. This is usually either the last showtape before closure or all tapes owned throughout the store's use. This makes older tapes increasingly harder to find. Due to all of this it's is unknown if any of the lost ones will ever be uncovered due to their unknown fate. Some showtapes have also turned up on eBay through.

A YouTube channel by the name of Pizza Time Theatre has uploaded a majority of Pizza Time Theater's library of showtapes. Three other YouTube channels The SPT Archives, Pizzacam3, and Pizza Time Archive has also uploaded a lot of Pizza Time Theater's library of showtapes. Showbiz Pizza.com's official internet radio station Radio Showbiz also ever so often play segments of Pizza Time Theater showtape and also has two scheduled block decided to them. One called Pizza Time Tuesday (dedicated to the Main showptapes) and One called Lounging in the Cabaret (dedicated to Lounge and Cabaret showtapes) both of which aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively. Just about all found Pizza Time Theater Shows are available to the public, and to this day, remain that way.

References[edit | edit source]