Caine's Arcade: The DIY Genius of Caine Monroy (Video)
9-Year-Old Caine Monroy Builds Arcade from Cardboard in East L.A.
Caine Monroy is a nine-year-old boy with a big imagination. Caine built and maintained his own arcade in the front of his father's auto-parts shop in East Los Angeles. One day, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick dropped by to get a door handle for his beat-up car, and became Caine's very first customer.
Nirvan recounted, "I asked him how much it was to play and he was like, 'for $1 you get four turns, or for $2you get a Fun Pass.'
"''Well, how many turns do you get with a Fun Pass?'
"'You get 500 turns with a fun pass.'
I got the Fun Pass."
Nirvan Mullick Uses the Internet to Bring Customers to Caine's Arcade
Caine's father George told Nirvan that Caine had not gotten any customers before Nirvan showed up, even though the young boy would build, test, and improve his cardboard-and-tape constructions each time he showed up at the shop. For Caine, this was a vocation.
Nirvan decided to bring Caine some customers, so he could make a short film about Caine's Arcade. Nirvan went the flash-mob route. The filmmaker created a Facebook event, which later got picked up by Hidden Los Angeles, which has a quarter-million fans. The Caine's Arcade event hit the front page of Reddit, and even NBC News found out about it.
The result: a massive turnout at Caine's Arcade. Check out the video below, and see the work of a brilliant kid. The Fun Pass is surely the best deal in L.A.