rollhouse entertainment haunted laser tag

Owners Sue Gable, left, and husband Glenn of Rollhouse Entertainment in Solon are given a fright by a staff member of the renovated entertainment center’s “haunted” laser-tag arena. The two-story transformation combines ghosts and goblins with the 3,600-square-foot arena just in time for the Halloween season.

This isn’t your typical haunted house.

It’s two stories of laser-tag fun, coupled with ghosts, goblins, witches and more.

Unveiled last week at Rollhouse Entertainment in Solon, a laser-tag arena set in a haunted-type environment is perfect for the Halloween season and for people of all ages, Sue Gable, who owns Rollhouse with husband, Glenn explained.

“We transformed it into haunted laser tag,” she said of the 3,600 square foot arena constructed as part of a $2 million renovation at the center in 2017.

“Glenn and I were continually trying to evolve and add new attractions,” Mrs. Gable, a resident of Pepper Pike who serves as director of sales and marketing for the center, said.

To accommodate the laser tag arena, they removed six bowling lanes, adding two brand new meeting rooms and 60 new games.

The haunted arena, which includes a variety of haunted dolls, cobwebs and other spooky touches, was the brainchild of staff members who enjoyed showing off their creative side, Mrs. Gable said.

The spectacular two-story transformation will be presented through mid-November.

Mrs. Gable said guests can wear costumes if they would like, or it can be perfect for a night of family fun.

“Laser tag is an interactive team experience,” son Eddie Gable, who works in operations, explained.

Guests walking through the haunted experience will notice it is not a single path to walk through, like a traditional haunted house, he said. But instead it is a completely immersive experience where they can wander through and see the different props. The lighting, sound and music add to the experience.

About 75-100 are drawn to the laser tag room each week. Mrs. Gable said this is a first for the Solon location with their entertainment center in Columbus presenting the haunted arena with great success.

“This is a great opportunity for us to show our guests what we are all about,” she said.

Following the haunted laser tag next month, the center will be rolling out a membership program linked to the arena where people can track their scores and history. This will inspire some regular league and tournament play, Mr. Gable explained.

There will be different game modes and a lot of unique game play, he said.

“So far we have a lot of people (who take part), but now we will have a program to track their achievements and scores and track who is coming back.”

In addition to the haunted experience for fall, the center’s Escapology escape room remains a big draw, the Gables explained.

“Word of mouth is spreading,” Mr. Gable said, “and people are bringing their family and friends. It’s an activity for all ages.” There are corporate teams that take part as well as groups of teenagers and even senior citizens.

Guests enjoy light appetizers and drinks in the “speakeasy lounge” in the Escapology building, which is separate from the Rollhouse center but on site.

The center is also gearing up for the holidays, with music by different bands in the transformed bar area. The goal is to highlight local popular bands, Mrs. Gable said, including the Jim Miller band which will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 27.

Family packages are already being booked for New Year’s Eve, which features opportunities for afternoon enjoyment as well as into the evening. For senior citizens, there is a champagne toast in the afternoon and various bowling and food combination packages.

Bowling leagues are still going strong, Mrs. Gable said.

“We love our leagues,” and are forming 10-week short season social leagues, which include beer and pizza and wine leagues, she said.

“We have transformed ourselves very nicely into a family entertainment center,” Mrs. Gable said. “We are all about an authentic experience. We are locally grown and very unique.”

Rollhouse is one of seven entertainment centers the Gables own and operate. They are located both in Northeast Ohio and in southern Ohio.

The center has been in Solon since 1992 and was the former Freeway Lanes. A rebranding to “Rollhouse Entertainment” began in 2015.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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