Step Right Up! Two-Bit Circus in DTLA's Arts District is a Whole New Level of Fun

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Come one, Come All. The Circus is in Town!

A brand new kind of social playspace in now open in the DTLA Arts District. It’s called the Two-Bit Circus and it happens to be the World’s first Micro-Amusement Park where retro arcade games and virtual reality experiences offer an ideal distraction for moms and kids alike.

So what is a Micro-Amusement Park, you ask?

Two Bit Circus basically brings people of all ages together, elbow-to-elbow, to enjoy immersive entertainment; including multi-person virtual reality, narrative escape rooms titled “story rooms,” indie arcades, an interactive theater, molecular mixology, and even a robot bartender named Gearmo del Pouro.

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It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for Angelenos, according to L.A. Councilmember Jose Huizar.

“Two Bit Circus will be a welcomed addition to an incredibly vibrant and dynamic community in the Arts District – one with a decades-long history of cutting-edge art and artists,” said Huizar.

The indoor 38,000 sq. ft. facility doesn’t require an admission fee but guests should plan on spending anywhere between $30- $75 for arcade games, virtual reality experiences, food and drinks.

“It’s a great place for families as well as older teenagers and young adults,” said Sherry Gonzalez, a guest services representative at Two-Bit Circus. “When there’s a special event, they’ll bring in a circus act that performs right here in the center of the arena!”

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Among the many attractions at Two Bit Circus, guests should explore the following zones:

·       The Midway: Nostalgic carnival games of chance and skill, re-imagined with modern technology, and hosted by carnival barkers who engage you in friendly competition.

·       The Arcane Arcade: New-age, multiplayer digital games, together with old world pinball machines, and arcade cabinets of yesteryear... All with a dash of future-tech and circus zest.

·       Story Rooms: A superset of escape rooms, in which groups work together on a common goal - like piloting a spaceship, navigating a haunted river, or exploring a mineshaft.

·       The Arena: A zone showcasing the best in modern mixed reality. Multiplayer seated VR with haptic platforms, four-player standing VR, HTC Vive Pro zones, and the world-renowned Birdly flying VR attraction. Here you can find realities for both solo and group gameplay.

·       Cabanas: The ultimate living room entertainment solution, where groups of friends (or strangers) are set up with an HTC Vive and a ton of games to choose from, together with food and beverage services.

·       Club 01: A 100-seat, interactive social theater where guests are seated at touchscreen tables and participate in everything from game shows and trivia to wine tasting and comedy (reservations strongly suggested).

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After 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, the park becomes 18+ and everything from the soundtrack to the game content, generally changes. The fully networked park also has an API, which allows it to act as a launch-pad for game developers and makers of all kinds. A back-of-house workshop is accessible to select community members, giving the park the capability to bring new entertainment concepts from prototype to exhibition.

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Anabel Marquez