TORONTO -- Cineplex Inc. said it plans to open two new Rec Room locations in different shopping mall locations. A location in Alberta at the West Edmonton Mall is scheduled to open in summer 2017. Another will open in 2018 in London, ON, at CF Masonville Place, which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar redevelopment project.
"We've already announced plans to open locations of the Rec Room in Toronto and Calgary, and we're excited to officially add London to the list," said Cineplex president and chief executive Ellis Jacob.
The upcoming Edmonton store will be the company's second in that city. "The launch of the Rec Room at South Edmonton Common has truly surpassed our expectations," Jacob said, "and we love the idea that with our West Edmonton Mall location we'll have a strong foothold in the Edmonton community."
Cineplex plans to open between 10 and 15 Rec Room family entertainment centers over the next few years. The amusement complexes will range from 30,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet. Each Rec Room is customized to the local community and offers casual dining, a sports bar, and live entertainment, along with coin-op amusements and attractions. A relative newcomer to the FEC marketplace, Cineplex's Rec Room concept was announced in early 2015.