Main Event Entertainment has signed a lease to build a nearly 50,000-square-foot family entertainment center with a bowling alley, laser tag arena and restaurants at the site of the old Tinseltown movie theater off Siegen Lane.

The entertainment center is set to open in 2017, said officials with Dallas-based Main Event and Olshan Properties in New York, which owns Siegen Lane Marketplace. This will be the first Main Event location in Louisiana. The company operates 24 family centers in cities such as Atlanta; Oklahoma City; Austin, Texas; and Memphis, Tennessee. There are plans to open three more centers by June, including locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Louisville, Kentucky.

“We have been looking to grow into Louisiana as part of our overall expansion plans for quite some time,” said Main Event CEO Charlie Keegan. “Now that we’ve found the right site, we’re ready to showcase our distinct ‘Eat.Bowl.Play.’ experience and become a part of the Baton Rouge community.”

Main Event centers range in size from 48,000 to 75,000 square feet and feature two restaurants: a casual dining area focusing on American food like hamburgers, ribs and steaks, and a standalone pizza cafe selling whole pies and individual slices. The centers also feature a full bar with beer, wine and liquor. There will be private rooms with catering for events such as birthday parties and corporate meetings.

Along with the bowling alley, the centers feature multilevel laser tag, pool tables and an arcade. About 100 people will work at the Main Event.

The Tinseltown site has largely been vacant since late 2007, when parent company Cinemark USA opened a new theater in nearby Perkins Rowe.

Last summer, the movie theater was demolished. About a month after the demolition work began, Main Event submitted a request to rezone the land to allow for commercial alcoholic beverage sales.

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