Escape rooms are blowing up right now, not just in Charlotte but around the world. “Five years ago this concept was virtually non-existent,” said Nate Mitchell, co-founder of Codescape. “Now there are 2,800 worldwide.”
Codescape, the newest addition to Charlotte’s escape room scene, will open next Friday the 13th. The space is located at 933 Louise Avenue above Advent Coworking in the Belmont/Plaza Midwood neighborhood.
Codescape is the fith escape room to open in Charlotte in the last year – EXIT STRATEGY, Black Out, Escape Hour and Escape Kings are already in operation – but Mitchell and his business partner Jordan Renda say their professional experience will take their suspense games to the next level.
The guys know a thing or two about creating immersive thrill experiences, having both run haunted houses in the past. They’ve even got design and build experience from working on major themed attractions like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. Nate is a freelance set designer and created the sets for Codescape’s three game rooms: Shipwrecked, The Residents and Lucidity.
- Codescape’s 4,700-square-foot facility will open at 933 Louise Avenue on Friday the 13th.
- They’ll have two games ready on opening night: Shipwrecked (a race to recover a supernatural relic on a sunken ship) and The Residents (an investigation of a sinister haunting in an attic). Their third game, Lucidity (a mind-bending alternate dream world in a pharmaceutical lab), will launch November 20.
- Shipwrecked is $28 per person and The Residents is $25 per person. Book in advance here.
- 8-10 people can play the games at a time.
- Allow 60 minutes to complete the game and plan to arrive 15 minutes early for briefing.
- Rooms are monitored with cameras and two-way microphones so control room operators can hear what’s going on and speak to participants.
- Games will have a lifespan of 12 to 18 months before being replaced with new challenges.
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