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Tear down begins on Wonderland Arcade building in Regina

Tear down has officially begun on the Wonderland Arcade building in Regina.
Tear down has officially begun on the Wonderland Arcade building in Regina. Stewart Manhas / Global News

Arcade lovers across the Queen City are officially saying goodbye to a long-time hangout.

Tear down on the iconic Wonderland Arcade building in Regina began on Tuesday.

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Fans of the joint said their goodbyes, covering the building with messages of love and support.

Fans spray paint messages on the outside walls of the former Wonderland Arcade.
Fans spray paint messages on the outside walls of the former Wonderland Arcade. Stewart Manhas / Global News
Wonderland was open in Regina for nearly 41 years.
Wonderland was open in Regina for nearly 41 years. Stewart Manhas / Global News
Wonderland was forced to shut its doors for good due to a fire.
Wonderland was forced to shut its doors for good due to a fire. Stewart Manhas / Global News

Wonderland was nearing its 41st year in business when a fire next door caused water and structural damage to the space two years ago.

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The owner says it wasn’t financially possible to reopen or move. The building has sat vacant since then.

Many of the vintage arcade games that weren’t damaged in the fire went up for auction, allowing fans of the arcade to take a little piece of Wonderland with them.

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