The long-vacant space at 1804 E. Passyunk Ave. is getting a new tenant–and an 80’s makeover.
An escape the room attraction called Escape the 80’s is expected to open in the location in mid-July.
So what exactly does Escape the 80’s entail? Just like any other escape the room-type attraction, you’ll be trapped in a space with anywhere between two and ten people. You’ll then have to work together and find clues in the space to get out within 60 minutes. Most other escape the room attractions are meant to be scary, but the creator of this attraction, Elisabeth Garson, wants to do something more fun.
The attraction will include various themed rooms that look like an 80’s mall, a video room, a travel agency and more. Throughout these spaces you will search for clues, which will then be put together with codes using various 80’s technology. You can expect to see cabbage patch kids, walkie talkies, plenty of VHS tapes and more throughout the 1500 sq. ft. space. Although it is 80’s themed, you don’t have to be an expert on the decade to play.
Unlike other escape the room attractions, in this 80’s wonderland you will also be able to win prizes. The prizes include things like free beer vouchers for local establishments and Whatchamacallit candy bars hidden throughout the rooms.
The game will cost $32, but will be discounted after 10 p.m. They also have a last-minute deal where you can come 15 minutes before the game and if the time slot is open, you’ll be able to play for just $10 per person. Currently they plan on being open seven days a week, noon to midnight.
In addition to the fun inside the attraction, Garson says that they hope to have tables set up with games outside so anyone can join in on the fun. You can also expect to hear plenty of 80’s tunes.
If you recall, Garson was also behind the Philadelphia Arts Market that was proposed for the lot Bart Blatstein is developing at Broad and Washington but never got off the ground.
The Escape the 80’s website is still in development, but you can check it out here.
So if you happen to notice a Magnum P.I. van driving around South Philly, this is where it’s coming from.