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The Road Stage is a type of stage installed at locations that were originally Pizza Time Theatre and Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza locations. It is the first Cyberamic stage that implemented the newly created (at the time) Munch's Make Believe Band setup.

History[]

The Road Stage is perhaps the most (currently) uncommon of the previously described stages. A drastic difference is apparent: all of the animatronics, except Chuck E. Cheese, are divided into halves. Half-bodied versions of Helen Henny, Mr. Munch, Jasper T. Jowls, and Pasqually are all propped onto colorful, painted wooden boxes (referred as "buildings" in a 1990 Cyberamic diagnostics tape) with their names displayed on them (with the exception of Munch in almost all installations), so children are more likely to call the characters by their names. Also practical to note is the fact that half bodied characters had been featured before; the Balcony Stage, C-Stage, and the Rocker Stage (to a degree in Munch's and Pasqually's cases) used the upper halves of the characters rather than the full-bodied ones.

The early prototype of the Road Stage had a bigger star behind Chuck E., Mr. Munch had a TV behind him instead of the Munch's Make Believe Band Sign (the buildings that would have the MMBB sign attached were instead used for the Chuck E. Cheese neon sign, which was bolted to them). Pasqually had a backdrop that represented a type of Italian restaurant but in an abstract format, used instead of the common "Amateur Hour" brick wall (previously implemented in the 3-Stage and later used for the 2 and 1-Stages). A flat, wide road was placed in front of the characters' "buildings" as well as two lamppost props on both sides of the stage, hence the name.

It was installed in Springfield, Pennsylvania in the fall of 1990. The finalized version of the Road Stage would be released a short while later, starting with Jonesboro, GA in the same year.

Since the introduction of the 2-Stage in March 1992 and 1-Stage in late 1993, the Road Stage has fallen victim to being replaced by these two stage types or Studio Cs throughout the late 90s and 2000s, due to it being larger in size and being more expensive to maintain compared to later stage models.

As of February 2019, only 14 Road Stages remain in operation in the United States and Canada[1]

Special Road Stages[]

  • Before its closure in 2018, the Road Stage in Richland, Washington was in a state of disrepair and the only Road Stage in the state. Jasper also had his banjo.
  • Before getting a 2-Stage and closure in 2012, the Road Stage in Springfield, Pennsylvania was the very first Road Stage ever installed.
  • The Road Stage in Citrus Heights, California was replaced by the 1 Stage from Rohnert Park, California.
  • The Road Stage at Dixie RD (Canada) is the only Road Stage outside of the United States currently and it has Munch's PTT mask, Jasper's PTT banjo, and PTT arm swings on Chuck and Helen.
  • The Road Stage in Topeka, Kansas still has PTT Chuck (Replaced snout) and Munch masks, PTT arm swings for Chuck and Helen, Chuck's Cool Chuck outfit, and Jasper's banjo. This is the oldest surviving Road Stage to date.
  • The Road Stage in Corona, California has Munch with a nameplate between the keyboard legs.
  • The Road Stage in Sun Valley, California originally had the swirl star for Pasqually until 2015 when it was replaced.
  • The Road Stage in West Palm Beach, Florida was the third test Road Stage to be installed. In 2004 they got the finalized road stage, it was destroyed by a hurricane and replacement for COL in 2015.
  • The Road Stage in Wayne, New Jersey removed the projector TV in late 2011-Early 2012.
  • The Road Stage in Hialeah, Florida had neon lights in 2018 but they were removed. They removed the projector TV in 2015. Helen also has a unique pink box.

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Trivia[]

  • This was the first Cyberamic stage to utilize the Munch's Make Believe Band name.
  • This was the first Cyberamic stage to use curtains.
  • This was the first stage created in the 1990s.
  • This stage was the last new stage to have half bodied animatronics.

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