Newly Leased Riverside Game Lab Scheduled to Open in Early September


(This article was written by Fielding Buck of the Press Enterprise and published on July 3, 2019.)

The final vacancy in Riverside’s Fox Entertainment Plaza is being filled.

Arteco Partners is moving forward with its plans for an arcade for both old school video games and virtual reality for multiple players.

Riverside Game Lab, at 3633 Market St., will open sometime this fall, according to a news release from the Pomona development firm.

The arcade is going into an unused 10,000-square-foot space called the Showcase between the Fox Performing Arts Center and the Riverside Food Lab, the latter of which is operated by Arteco Partners.

According to the news release and its website, The Game Lab will feature:

  • More than 50 games such as the 1980s classic “Centipede.”
  • 15 pinball machines with titles such as “Star Wars” and “Game of Thrones.”
  • Six virtual reality booths with titles such as “Superhot VR,” “Job Simulator,” and “Beat Saber.”
  • An immersive virtual reality room.
  • Two private reservation rooms.

The arcade has applied to the state for a liquor license to sell beer on the premises and will partner with the Riverside Food Lab to provide “great food offerings” at the Game Lab.

The 1929 Fox movie palace and what to do with it has been a major Riverside project for most of the last 20 years. After a $32 million makeover, it opened as the Fox Performing Arts Center in 2010, and the city approved buying the rest of the block for a parking structure, black box theater, retail, and museum exhibit space that became the Showcase.

The facade of the 1925 Press Bindery building north of the Fox was preserved.

The black box theater, dubbed The Box, opened in 2013. Arteco Partners opened the Food Lab, which replaced retail, on Labor Day weekend.

Arteco Partners has also signed on for Chow Alley, an outdoor dining and entertainment space near Riverside’s City Hall.

Other Arteco projects include Redlands Public Market, a makeover of a citrus packing house, and the recently opened Cookhouse Food Hall in Temecula.