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Kingpin’s bowling alleys and escape rooms coming to Canberra Centre

Lachlan Roberts 20 August 2019 39

Canberra Centre’s level one food court is going to be revamped into Kingpin. Photo: Supplied.

Canberrans are set to be bowled over by the arrival of a bowling alley, escape room and arcade at the Canberra Centre as huge multi-attraction venue Kingpin is set to open its doors next year.

Located on level one near Rebel, Kingpin will come with fully licensed bars, escape rooms, karaoke, bowling lanes, huge projection screens, pool tables and over 100 arcade games covering everything from classic games through to the latest high-tech experiences.

Kingpin, which is set to open early 2020, will be in the area previously utilised by the level one food court.

Canberra Centre’s retail manager Gary Stewart said there are currently no plans for the affected food retailers to reopen at the Centre but reminded customers they can still enjoy food from Ali Baba, Sumo Salad and Touch of India in their secondary locations on the lower ground food court.

Mr Stewart said the arrival of Canberra’s first Kingpin will provide a perfect location for birthdays, office parties, hen’s and buck’s nights, team building, year-end functions and launch parties.

“The arrival of Kingpin is an exciting moment for the Centre and our community, and we are very pleased to be able to deliver such a lively entertainment offer that will excite and engage customers of all ages and
backgrounds,” Mr Stewart said.

“Kingpin at Canberra Centre will be a multi-attraction experience with eight bowling lanes and four escape rooms among other exciting entertainment options including arcade games, pool tables, Kingpong and
karaoke.

“By welcoming Kingpin, we will be able to further position Canberra Centre as the ACT’s leading destination for dynamic retail, entertainment and dining experiences.”

Kingpin Canberra, with a contemporary new fit-out including upscale furnishings and modern artworks, will offer an impressive food and drinks menu to satisfy all customers, including healthy, vegetarian and child-friendly options.

There will also be a selection of small plates, specially designed to be easily shared by groups, with standouts including the Kingpin Signature Burger, Vegetarian Nachos and the Salted Caramel Smore’s Waffle.

The tenpin bowling chain already has eight locations across Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin and Townsville.

It is believed Kingpin will create jobs for 68 Canberra residents, covering areas across food and beverage, technical assistants and guest services.


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39 Responses to Kingpin’s bowling alleys and escape rooms coming to Canberra Centre
Bob Susic Bob Susic 5:43 am 22 Aug 19

Ante, Tom, Tony bring on some Friday night Foosball and beers!!🤣😂

    Tom Zar Tom Zar 5:55 am 22 Aug 19

    Bob Susic this sounds like a new take on the old wide world of sport bar at intensity. Miss that place.

    Bob Susic Bob Susic 5:57 am 22 Aug 19

    Tom Zar yep was thinking same! Was good having footy on big screen, drifting in Daytona all with a beer in hand 🤣😂

    Tom Zar Tom Zar 5:58 am 22 Aug 19

    Bob Susic Daytona!

    Ante Peric Ante Peric 8:27 am 22 Aug 19

    Bob Susic wow how we need this

    Tony Pavkovic Tony Pavkovic 1:37 pm 22 Aug 19

    Bob Susic Bonzai Bobby. This does sound Like a nice Friday evening with 2, 3 or maybe even 10 beers

    Bob Susic Bob Susic 2:10 pm 22 Aug 19

    Tony Pavkovic definately!

    Tony Pavkovic Tony Pavkovic 2:17 pm 22 Aug 19

    Bob Susic I’ll start practicing with the beers now so when I get back to Australia I will be ready

Chris Miller Chris Miller 10:01 pm 21 Aug 19

All I hear is that KFC is going. @change.org

Maria Papanicolaou Maria Papanicolaou 8:42 pm 21 Aug 19

Noooooo.......what happened to kids space 😔!!!

    Sarah Lawrence Sarah Lawrence 10:18 pm 21 Aug 19

    Maria... fully licensed bar... tuesdays could get interesting 😜

    Maria Papanicolaou Maria Papanicolaou 1:33 pm 22 Aug 19

    Sarah we could take turns caring for the kids 😝!!!

Karen Sloane Karen Sloane 8:21 pm 21 Aug 19

Brenda Sutton ... so no more accidently going to KFC for lunch

    Kalvin Sloane Kalvin Sloane 8:59 pm 21 Aug 19

    Karen Sloane they had me at licensed bar.😂😊😊😊

    Karen Sloane Karen Sloane 9:00 pm 21 Aug 19

    Kalvin Sloane Maybe you will take me to lunch more often!!

    Kalvin Sloane Kalvin Sloane 9:01 pm 21 Aug 19

    Karen Sloane consider it done. Friday

Ben Kowalick Ben Kowalick 8:18 pm 21 Aug 19

Brett Carey well there you go... Answered.

Jessica Pemberton Jessica Pemberton 7:13 pm 21 Aug 19

Melissa Cook well that answers that

    Melissa Cook Melissa Cook 7:21 pm 21 Aug 19

    Jessica Pemberton I'm not mad about it

    Jessica Pemberton Jessica Pemberton 7:23 pm 21 Aug 19

    Then you missed the part of no plans to relocate the closed stores. Is this really worth no KFC?

Michael Rose Michael Rose 6:10 pm 21 Aug 19

I could have predicted that food court would fail much like the down stairs food court has. Given the amount of cafes and food offers in the area, with basically 90% of the north quarter area serving up some sort of Asian fusion food, it will be interesting to see how many other doors close! Hopefully kingpin do well and families make use of the new space.

Domenic Fabbo Domenic Fabbo 4:10 pm 21 Aug 19

Good place for a MacDonalds instead of the Chisholm shopping Centre.......

Sasha Herring Green Sasha Herring Green 2:15 pm 21 Aug 19

Amy Linden yessssss

Craig McLaren Craig McLaren 1:16 pm 21 Aug 19

Mag Em... that's what's happening to that food court

    Mag Em Mag Em 12:20 pm 22 Aug 19

    Ah, that's great! We can do movies and bowling afternoons.

Daniel Königs Daniel Königs 12:53 pm 21 Aug 19

Jone Carswell Gabriel Navarro Palma but can it ever truly replace a Nug-a-lot from KFC? 😢

    Gabriel Navarro Palma Gabriel Navarro Palma 12:58 pm 21 Aug 19

    boiiissss we’ve got to sus this place out when it opens cheeky drinks and bowling challenge

Sam Ursich Sam Ursich 12:32 pm 21 Aug 19

Jarad Ursich this is what you were telling me about.

Donal Benson Donal Benson 12:04 pm 21 Aug 19

Hayley I guess this is why all the foodcourt is shut?

Courtney Gurney Courtney Gurney 11:37 am 21 Aug 19

Brad O'Dowd is this where those meters are from?

Kevin Zhang Kevin Zhang 11:33 am 21 Aug 19

James Kwan let's gooooo

Belinda Pfeiffer Belinda Pfeiffer 11:25 am 21 Aug 19

Jess Bennett we were on to something!!! We just needed the space remember

Kristine Hertel Kristine Hertel 11:22 am 21 Aug 19

Bianca, this is what i was telling you about

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