TORONTO — Cineplex has announced plans to open a new location of The Rec Room at Park Place in Barrie, Ont. The Rec-Room concept combines dining, live entertainment and amusement-gaming experiences, all under one roof. Construction of the more than 32,000 sq. ft. complex is scheduled to begin early next year, with an opening targeted for the summer of 2020.
“The Rec Room at Park Place will be a social playground where millennials, families and kids of all ages can come together for great food and fun times,” says Ellis Jacob, president and CEO, Cineplex. “We know that many Barrie residents have visited our location in downtown Toronto at the historic Roundhouse, so being part of this conveniently located, open-air shopping centre in the heart of Barrie makes perfect sense for us and the community.”
The complex will also have a live-performance space for bands and musical acts, comedy, trivia, karaoke and live DJs. The Rec Room features an overall guest experience that integrates the latest in technology, coupled with the Scene entertainment-rewards program
Scheduled to be its fourth location in Ontario and 10th nationwide, The Rec Room at Park Place will be located at the north-east side of the shopping centre and will be built with the support of North American Development Group.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Cineplex and their exciting new concept, The Rec Room,” says Terry Coughlin, managing partner at North American Development Group. “When we embarked on our journey to transform the former Molson Park into Park Place, our goal was to provide the community with more than just a shopping centre. With the addition of The Rec Room, Park Place will be further solidified as the dominant entertainment, dining and shopping experience serving the growing City of Barrie and its surrounding communities.”
Cineplex plans to open 10 to 15 new locations of The Rec Room over the coming years, each ranging in size from 30,000 to 50,000 sq. ft. and customized to the individual community.