Thursday, April 27, 2017

First arcade since Circuit Circus

As a teenager, I regularly patronized the Circuit Circus arcade that used to occupy a space in the back of the old Brentwood Mall.  Now my kids might have an opportunity to experience the enjoyment of hanging around an arcade with friends.  This is the stuff that my kids have never been able to understand even when I've tried to describe the excitement of waiting for your turn to put a coin into an arcade machine to play your favorite game.  It was when we would place our quarter on the machine to let the player know that we were taking the next shot at having our name among the High Scores.  I digress...

Shape Properties is reportedly in talks to bring The Rec Room to the Entertainment Plaza of the Amazing Brentwood Development.  It has gone as far as Burnaby City Council which means that the idea has progressed well beyond just talks between The Rec Room and Shape Properties.  The Rec Room will bring much more entertainment options than the simple arcades of the eighties. But the simplicity of the eighties arcade worked for my generation. No more digressing...  Burnaby Now article below.



 / Burnaby Now
April 11, 2017 03:30 PM





The Brentwood neighbourhood could one day be home to an entertainment venue that includes billiards, a bowling alley, ping pong tables, virtual reality experiences, food and drinks all under one roof.
Shape Properties, the developer of the Amazing Brentwood, is looking to bring The Rec Room to 4501 Lougheed Hwy.
It’s a Cineplex Entertainment concept that took off in Edmonton two years ago as part of a pilot project. The movie company plans to open another 10 to 15 locations across the country over the coming years, ranging in size from 30,000 to 60,000 square feet. The Rec Room in Burnaby would be around 44,300 square feet.
The complex will see half of the space devoted to dining and live entertainment and the other half devoted to amusement games and feature attractions.
“I think this is a pretty new concept here, and I think it’s good we get a lot of information and also find out how it’s working in Edmonton,” said Mayor Derek Corrigan at a council meeting last week.
The proposed hours of liquor service are 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week, though The Rec Room would normally operate between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m., according to a staff report.
Whether there will be a Cineplex movie theatre is unknown, according to Lou Pelletier, the city’s director of planning and building.
“This particular proposal doesn’t start with the theatres; the theatres are on another level up, and might come from this company or another company in the future,” he said at the meeting.
The Rec Room would be located on the second floor of the west building in Phase 1 of the Brentwood Town Centre redevelopment.
© 2017 Burnaby Now

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