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.
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.
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.
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.