A collection of small movies and early pinball machines which accept cents (or pennies) as payment. Movies are a series of cards that flip in quick succession, usually with no soundtrack, and are viewed by looking through a pair of eyeholes into the machine itself. The games are usually fairly simple mechanical devices, requiring the player to do something like maneuver a ball into a hole. A few machines even paid out extra pennies to skilled players, but some areas frowned upon this form of gambling.
The tradition of games at penny arcades lives on at many larger amusement centers, although the machines take tokens instead of pennies, and pay out tickets which can be redeemed for valuable prizes.