Plans lodged for Canberra Centre bowling alley and entertainment venue

Ian Bushnell 15 November 2019 10

A street view render from the Kingpin website. Photos: Supplied.

Plans have been lodged for the Canberra Centre’s North Quarter food court to be transformed into a games playground, including a bowling alley.

Entertainment company Kingpin will turn the space beneath the Dendy Cinema into a multi-attraction experience, with fully licensed bars, escape rooms, karaoke, table tennis, state of the art bowling lanes, projection screens and pool tables.

Kingpin says it will also provide over 100 arcade games, ranging from classics to the latest high-tech experiences.

Kingpin bowling venue

The Canberra Kingpin site will have eight lanes, including two for private events.

It published what it called a first look at the Canberra venue on its website recently.

The development application, prepared by King & Wood Mallesons, is for an internal fit-out only and there will be no external alterations to the existing permanent buildings. The project will cost $2.5 million.

The DA includes a demolition plan and claims an exemption from lodging a separate DA for demolition works as they will be contained entirely within the internal structure of the building.

The Level 1 space near Rebel Sport will need to be reclassified as an Indoor Entertainment Venue.

The party room

The Kingpin party room.

There are six public bowling lanes planned, as well as two private lanes in Kingpin’s private function area, Room 300.

Kingpin says it will be a contemporary new fit-out including upscale furnishings and modern artworks. The venue will be available for hire for special events and celebrations, and offer a food and cocktail menu for all tastes.

Pool tables and the bar and restaurant

Pool tables and the bar and restaurant.

The 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.

Kingpin hopes to open in early 2020.

The entry to the Canberra venue

The entry to the Canberra venue, as depicted on the Kingpin website.


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10 Responses to Plans lodged for Canberra Centre bowling alley and entertainment venue
Tom RedBeard Horyna Tom RedBeard Horyna 7:04 pm 18 Nov 19

Emily O'Halloran this'll be so good for Max !

John Hynes John Hynes 10:08 pm 17 Nov 19

Seriously bowling? You go once every 5 years if you are keen.

Will Inveen Will Inveen 10:47 pm 15 Nov 19

Won’t work. Who goes bowling these days?

Adele Craven Adele Craven 10:25 pm 15 Nov 19

Who remembers when there used to be a bowling alley in Civic?

    Richard Ware Richard Ware 10:48 pm 15 Nov 19

    i remember when there were two.

    The Olympic bowl near the civic pool and the Squash bowl on Rudd st.

    John Hynes John Hynes 10:09 pm 17 Nov 19

    Squash bowl was were I played my first high tech video game - space invaders.

Courtney Matthew Courtney Matthew 6:25 pm 15 Nov 19

“Will create 68 jobs”. Out of curiosity, how many jobs were lost when the entire food court was shut down, to make way for this entertainment venue?

    Heidi Tunks Heidi Tunks 9:47 pm 15 Nov 19

    I work up that way and its definitely quieter since the foodcourt closed

Mel Smith Mel Smith 6:14 pm 15 Nov 19

Staff Xmas party 2020 Kaila Anne

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