Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Facility Focus: X-Site Amusement and Entertainment Center

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. Owners: Ken Fraley and Gene Brown Open in June of 1999 by owners Ken Fraley and Gene Brown, X-Site Amusement and Recreation Center of Indianapolis, Ind., still offers great and exciting laser tag experiences and events. “After being a business owner in the gas and convenience store business for 20-plus years, Ken […]

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The Profitability Picture – Drivers for Visitation and Spending

The Profitability Picture – Drivers for Visitation and Spending

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Even though the economy has everyone tightening their belts, people still want to have fun. Go-kart and mini-golf centers have risen to the challenge, and have come up with creative ways to “drive” people to their centers and keep their businesses running in spite of it all. Here’s a picture of what’s happening at a […]

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Rolling Toward Profits with Coin-op – How Arcades Complement Bowling

February 16, 2012 No Comments

While the increasing popularity of bowling itself bodes well for bowling centers’ business, operators would still do well to look into other features to better service their guests and improve their business picture. A properly managed arcade is one such feature, owners and managers of these facilities have discovered. At the 30,000-square-foot Fountain Bowl in […]

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Creating Events That Create Revenues

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Regardless of the industry within which you operate, one thing is for sure, we are in the middle of a major change.  Technology, government, unemployment, pop-culture, etc. are all drastically changing the way we do business and the demands of our consumers.  Families today are actively looking for ways to save money.  By creating special […]

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Buried Treasure: Top Tips for Finding New Redemption Prizes

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Solicit feedback from guests and employees. This not only increases the chance that customers will like what they see at the redemption counter, it opens doors to acquiring new, potentially popular items family entertainment center operators may not have discovered on their own. Becky Olbrych, owner of Wheels Family Fun Park in Durham, N.C., said […]

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Redemption Counters and Prizes: Creating a Compelling Reason to Play

January 5, 2012 No Comments

With competition for consumers’ leisure dollar remaining fierce, family entertainment centers with mini-golf and go-kart facilities are paying as much attention to maximizing the appeal of their redemption counters as they are to making their attractions as compelling as possible. “The game room is where we make a large portion of our money, and in […]

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The Surfaces and the Scores: A Roll Down Bowling’s Memory Lane

January 5, 2012 No Comments

In bowling’s history, the 1930s were known as the shellac era.  Wood was plentiful then, and that was a good thing, because it was the only available option to proprietors at the time. Many high scores were rolled during this period due to a high friction ball track being burned into the finish by bowlers, […]

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Offering an Integrated Experience: How Planning and Thoughtful Facility Design Create Repeat Visitors

Offering an Integrated Experience: How Planning and Thoughtful Facility Design Create Repeat Visitors

January 4, 2012 No Comments

Whether you are considering adding an additional attraction to your facility or are designing a facility with multiple attractions from scratch, how you integrate your attractions together is very important. Attractions that looked patched together detract from the appeal of your facility and can cost you money. Worse is if your customer base doesn’t see […]

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Customers Can Make Edible Candy Art with the Tasty Tubes™ Factory

Customers Can Make Edible Candy Art with the Tasty Tubes™ Factory

November 3, 2011 No Comments

The Tasty Tubes™ Factory is a vending machine that is also an amusement game. There is no attendant needed for this coin-operated attraction. There are no free refills, fantastic flavors and colors and there is no mess as players layer candy inside of a tube.

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Game Patrol Offers a New FEC-2-GO Mobile Attraction

Game Patrol Offers a New FEC-2-GO Mobile Attraction

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Game Patrol from Creative Works Theme Factory is a new socially interactive mobile attraction that takes your message to the people and brings the fun and excitement of games and more to your customer’s door. Game Patrol fills a need in the marketplace and helps combat the effect mobile entertainment is having on FECs today. […]

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