B.C.’s first outpost of Cineplex’s Rec Room entertainment mega-space is finally ready to open its doors to welcome fun-seekers in its sprawling new digs at Burnaby’s Amazing Brentwood.
The new 43,000-square-foot complex offers amusement gaming experiences, sit-down dining, quick food while you play over 90 games and feature attractions.
Touted as an “ultimate meeting place” for eating, drinking, and playing anything from classic video games like Atari Pong to ping pong, the movie theatre giant’s entertainment multi-pronged “hot spot” already operates locations elsewhere in Canada, including in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.
While the Burnaby Rec Room is the first in the chain to launch in British Columbia, Cineplex is already at work on a three-story, 45,000-square-foot outpost right in the heart of Vancouver’s “entertainment district” on Granville Street. That Rec Room will boast a rooftop patio multiple dining options, over 100 amusement games, a live performance space, bowling and virtual reality.
Fans of playing Mario Kart or shooting pool and tucking into Canadian-inspired pub grub and sipping on beer can get a taste of the action at the Amazing Brentwood Rec Room, even as the province is just moving into Step 3 of its “restart plan” with loosened restrictions on food and entertainment venues.
Cineplex assures guests the venue’s current COVID-combatting protocols include enhanced cleaning, safety signage, and a games-floor and dining-space configuration designed specifically to ensure proper physical distancing throughout the facility, according to a media release.
Other Rec Room highlights in Burnaby include the use of RFID wristbands to track credits earned, which can be redeemed at The Trophy Case, for great prizes and nostalgia-inspired treats and toys.
Plans include the Rec Room offering live entertainment like local music, comedy, DJs, trivia, and karaoke once additional provincial restrictions are lifted.
When it comes to food, the Rec Room Brentwood actually is home to multiple dining options, including a full-service restaurant called Three10. You can also “eat while you compete” from a menu of hand-held fare to be enjoyed while playing games.
Between the main bar and The Shed, guests can choose from 16 draught beers on tap, including locally sourced brews, and watch sports on several big-screen TVs.
The Rec Room Brentwood is located directly below the new, soon-to-open Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood, anchoring Phase One of The Amazing Brentwood redevelopment. Both The Rec Room and VIP Cinemas will face onto a one-acre events plaza. It’s located at 1920 Willingdon Avenue, Unit 21-06, in Burnaby, and is open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight.
With files from Chris Campbell/Burnaby Now