If you live in the Milford / Miami Township area, like we do, you’re probably familiar with this sight: the old Kmart.
You may have heard that a new indoor entertainment center is going to be opening soon in the old Kmart building. Although it doesn’t look much different on the outside, there have been plenty of changes happening on the inside. I was invited as part of the media to their Hardhat Press Tour and got a sneak peek at what the finished center is going to look like. As a member of this community, I’m excited about it and am happy to share the pictures.
This is Jonah Sandler, the Founder and Chief Entertainment Officer of Scene75. This is the second location of Scene75; the first one is in Dayton. The Dayton location is the largest indoor entertainment center in the country. The new location in Milford is about 15% smaller.
Jonah gave us a tour of the facility and showed us around. When your first arrive, you purchase a game card. As you play, credits are deducted from your card. If you don’t use them all, save your card for another visit and reload as necessary.
Scene75 will have two different glow-in-the-dark mini golf courses. An artist is currently working on painting murals on the walls. One course has an Underwater Adventure theme.
The theme of the second course is The Immortal Jungle which has an Avatar-like feel.
This next area will be the X Rider 4D Theater with special effects like wind, bubbles, and snow.
I think my 17-year-old son is going to like this next one. The Valkyrie is a motion simulator theater/game. You will get to shoot incoming zombies in a zombie apocalypse. The one in Dayton is the first in North America. This will be the second.
There’s a large indoor go-kart course. They are electric and very quiet. I know that parents are wondering about this: drivers need to be 54″ tall. Kids who are shorter than that, but at least 36″ tall, can ride along with a licensed driver in a double-seat car.
The Vault is a laser maze. Cool.
This is Sean Cope, the VP of Marketing at Scene75. He just also happens to be an international gold-medal-winning laser tag player. Jonah Sandler knew what he was doing when he hired Sean. Since Sean’s played in the best laser tag courses in the country, they tapped him to help design this course.
The course has ramps that go to an upper platform. There will be half walls and full walls too.
Atomic Rush is an arcade game where you try to touch as many colored lights as you can in 60 seconds.
The Mini-Bowling Lounge will have six lanes and comfy couches and will be available to reserve for private parties.
The Bounce area will house seven inflatables with slides, obstacle courses, and more.
Spinning bumper cars, anyone?
Video game enthusiasts will love the comfortable theater seats and 12-15 ft. screens inside the Chaos Room.
There will be over 100 arcade games throughout the building. Scene75 is going green: instead of machines that spit out tickets, your card will keep track of how many points you earn. Then you can take your card to the redemption center (which is located approximately where the KMart cash registers used to be) and pick your prize.
Scene75 will have a sit-down restaurant and full-service bar that seats 100 people. It will also have a seasonal outdoor patio. Additionally, there will be a snack bar plus a second bar with a cool design. Seating is in two concentric circles; the inner circle faces the bar and the outer circle faces out toward the games and attractions. Perfect for parents trying to keep track of their kids.
Scene75 is prepared to host all kinds of events, from kids’ birthday parties to corporate team-building events. The party space has five small rooms that can be opened up into one big room that will seat 200 people. You can also rent out individual attractions like the bowling alley, or even the entire facility.
Workers are very busy putting everything together. Jonah expects that they will open in the later half of August or early September.
Here’s what the floor plan looks like.
Jonah Sandler is very focused on building community and told us about some of the events the original Scene75 has done. We can look forward to partnerships with community organizations like schools, universities, and Children’s Hospital. They hold a monthly event for kids with special needs. As a member of the community, I think this is pretty cool. I’m looking forward to going back with my whole family when it opens.