MIAMI TOWNSHIP – Scene75 Entertainment, a Dayton area attraction named Ohio Magazine’s “Best Place for Family Fun” last year, hopes to fill an entertainment void on Greater Cincinnati’s eastside when it opens a new location in Clermont County this summer.
Although the 90,000-square-foot entertainment venue in Miami Township will be about 15 percent smaller than Scene75 Entertainment’s original location, it will include the same features that have made that attraction popular with all ages since it opened in July 2012, said Jonah D. Sandler, the company’s chief entertainment officer.
“The Cincinnati area seems extremely excited for us to enter the market, especially those who have visited the Dayton site,” said Sandler, a Montgomery native who graduated from Sycamore High School in 2000. “We can’t wait to open.”
The new venue will feature a full-service restaurant, two bars, an indoor electric go-kart track, a two-story laser tag arena, 18 holes of black light miniature golf, more than 100 video and arcade games, a video game theater, six mini bowling lanes, spin bumper cars, two 4-D theaters complete with motion seating and special effects, a bouncing inflatable arena, a laser maze, private banquet rooms for birthday parties and corporate events, a concession stand and more.
“If you look at the east side of Cincinnati, there’s not going to be another facility like it anywhere,” said Miami Township Administrator Larry Fronk.
Sandler said the original Scene75 Entertainment Center has more than 72,000 fans on its facebook page and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. He added Scene75 Cincinnati will closely resemble its Dayton counterpart that’s popular with everyone from teens to young families to corporations looking for a place to hold private parties and do team-building exercises.
Work recently began to transform the former KMart store on Old Business 28 into Scene75 Entertainment’s second Ohio location. The $8 million to $10 million project within a quarter mile of the I-275 and Ohio 28 intersection calls for redoing the interior of the former KMart store and creating a new facade.
Although Sandler would only say the company hopes to open its Miami Township venue between July and September, Fronk said company officials “would love to open on July 2 because that was the opening day of their facility north of Dayton.”
Because most of the project involves personal property such as equipment and games that the state no longer taxes, the township will not realize tax revenues off the bulk of the new attraction, Fronk said. However, township officials have said the new entertainment venue should benefit existing Miami Township businesses and attract others.