Caine Monroy

Outside the box

TEDxTeen · March 2013

A used auto parts store in Los Angeles doesn’t seem to be a likely place for a boy on summer vacation. It also doesn’t seem like the ideal place to build a cardboard arcade, but one boy did. Caine Monroy was 9 years old when he created “Caine’s Arcade.” With a good amount of cardboard and a soaring imagination, Caine changed the way we look at creativity. Despite the location, Caine formed his arcade by designing games, creating customer passes and even prizes. At first, traffic was slow. But then, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick came to his father’s used auto parts store. Mullick saw something special in Caine’s Arcade and wanted to tell his story. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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