Escape 605 adds retro video rental themed room, more games downtown

It might have been decades since you last stepped into a video rental store, but Escape 605 now offers that chance – with a twist.

The newest themed room at its location at 3718 S. Westport Ave. takes players back to 1996, as friends are returning a video tape to “Lockbuster Video.” Unfortunately, you’ve arrived at closing time and employees head out the door and lock you in.

From there, “you must maneuver your way down memory lane through the store, locate the fuse panel which deactivates the alarm and unlocks the exit door,” general manager Alysia Simunek said.

“If you do all of this before local security comes back through you will succeed at this adventure.  Remember the 90s? You will after this! We are really trying to tap into the nostalgic period in time not only for those that experienced it firsthand, but also for those that never knew the 90s but have heard about ‘the good ‘ol days.’”

The Westport location also is in the middle of an expansion that will create a bigger bar area and more new rooms, including a superhero room, a Prohibition Room, an Alice in Wonderland room and the second part of its Aunt Edna series.

The downtown location, which offers axe throwing instead of escape rooms, also has a slightly new look.

“We have eliminated a wall in our downtown location to show off our social club area and we have added many board games for people to play for free downtown,” Simunek said.

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Escape 605 adds retro video rental themed room, more games downtown

It might have been decades since you last stepped into a video rental store, but Escape 605 now offers that chance – with a twist.

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