Malco plans $8 million Broussard bowling, entertainment center; $2 million Acadiana Lanes expansion _lowres

Rendering provided by Malco Theatres Inc. -- Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette is being coverted into Malco's Premier Lanes concept in a $2 million expansion and renovation. The project will include a two-story Laser Tag arena, three party rooms and meeting spaces, a new six-lane boutique area, a Prize Palace for redemption games and a cosmetic upgrade to the interior and exterior.

Malco Theatres Inc. plans to build an $8 million bowling and family entertainment center in Broussard and spend $2 million to expand its Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette to include an entertainment center.

Both projects will be based on Malco’s “premier lanes” concept, said Rick Bourgeois, senior vice president of Malco Theatres, a fourth-generation family company based out of Memphis, Tennessee. It has operated in Lafayette for nearly 60 years with Lafayette Lanes and Acadiana Lanes.

The company already operates a Premier Lanes center in Gonzales, which opened in 2012, and Oxford, Mississippi, which opened in May.

The 46,000-square-foot Premier Lanes Broussard will be located off U.S. 90 East near Alberston Parkway. It will include standard bowling lanes, an eight-lane boutique area, spin-zone bumper cars, a Funovation Laser Maze, a Prize Palace to accommodate an Action Alley game room and a kitchen with an extensive menu.

The company expects to start construction in the next 60 days.

The renovation of Acadiana Lanes will make use of additional space adjacent to the facility, adding 10,000 square feet for a two-story laser tag arena, three party rooms and meeting spaces, a new six-lane boutique area, a Prize Palace for redemption games and a cosmetic upgrade to the interior and exterior.

“Acadiana Lanes has been serving the families in Lafayette for over 30 years,” Bourgeois said. “We feel these improvements will enable the facility to offer more to families in terms of quality entertainment for the next 30.”

“We still want our league bowlers to feel welcome,” Bourgeois said, “but we needed to change the landscape for our public customers who get the impulse to visit our facilities.”

Premier Lanes Broussard and Acadiana Lanes’ upgrade will be completed by fall 2016, Bourgeois said.

Malco operates three bowling centers and its Gonzales and Oxford family entertainment centers. Malco Theatres Inc. also has 35 theater locations with over 340 screens in six states: Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.