Celebrity Lanes opens this month on East Arapahoe Road

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Although Celebrity Sports Center closed in 1994 after a 34-year run on Colorado Boulevard, its memory lives on through a number of memorial sites on the Internet. And now its name will be resurrected at the 50,000-square-foot Celebrity Lanes, which will open later this month at 15755 East Arapahoe Road in Centennial.

Two years in the works, this new Celebrity will be a family entertainment center that houses a number of venues under one roof. For starters, there will be the Altitude Sports Grill & Taphouse, with forty beers on tap, including a number of Colorado craft beers. Then there's Rocky's Arcade and the Soft Play game room; in homage to the original, a section will hold vintage arcade games, such as Galaga and Pac-Man. "It's a little something for people who went to the old Celebrity," says Jairo Garcia, one of the managers.

Unlike the old Celebrity, this Celebrity will not have a swimming pool or pool tables. But there will definitely be bowling, Garcia notes, with 32 regular lanes and two four-lane VIP suites, which reflect the venue's partnership with Kroenke Sports. One of these has a Denver Nuggets theme, with a basketball court and bowling balls that look like basketballs; the other, inspired by the Colorado Avalanche, is designed like an ice rink. Each bowling suite can hold up to a hundred people.


Celebrity Lanes

While the suites are a little more upscale, the entire facility is designed for family fun, with something for everyone from young kids to adults. "The idea was that you might come to us just because of the playground or you might come to us just because of the bar or the restaurant," Garcia says. "You might come to us because you just like games and nothing to do with bowling. Or you can say, 'I'm just going to go bowling, but I want to go bowling a special way, so I'm going to go to the VIP lanes instead of the regular lanes.' Or it could be someone who loves bocce."

Club scout: Sub.mission and Reload are launching their new weekly drum-and-bass night, BASSic Fridays, on August 13 at Beta (1909 Blake Street) with 16Bit, Coult 45 and Dodger. Bar Standard (1037 Broadway) recently kicked off VIP Saturdays, with DJs Tanastadi, Big Styles and Chonz, go-go dancers, fire breathers, red-carpet events and celebrity hosts once a month. Ladies are free before 11 p.m., and there are $100 Nude Vodka VIP lounge bottle specials, $3 wells, $5 Red Bull and Nude Vodka cocktails, and $3 Nude shots.

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