HARMARVILLE (KDKA) — “Escape-proof” rooms have been growing in popularity across the country. But a new adventure, opening Wednesday in Harmarville, includes several rooms and a storyline to go with them.
When you enter the brain teaser called “Enter the Imaginarium,” the real trick is to get back out again.
Jeffrey Carpenter, artistic director of Bricolage Production Company, has teamed up with the popular Scarehouse in Etna to produce escape rooms, which actually follow a plot.
“And this is the room we call ‘The Conundrum,’” he says, entering a room shaped like a drum. There is no apparent escape.
“This is the ‘Chamber of Illusions’ from the great minds of Scarehouse,” he says, entering a second “inescapable” room.
“This is a journey-based escape,” he explains. “So, it’s not just going into a room where you’re locked. You have to go into a room, figure out how to get out of that room, and that leads you to secret passages, which will take you to other rooms. And it ultimately coincides to where you finally find the door to escape.”
Last-minute assembly and touchups prepare “Enter the Imaginarium” for the first teams to enter the following day.
“It takes a minimum of four people, so there’s no way of doing this alone,” Carpenter said.
A maximum of 10 may play at one time. Admission is $29.99.
Carpenter explains the timing: “You have one hour to solve all of it and escape the Imaginarium.”
For information on visits, log on to entertheimaginariumpgh.com.