TIME FOR ADVENTURE WITH BAKERSFIELD ESCAPE ROOM
BY STEFANI DIAS
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015
The door closes and a TV news report informs you that a girl has gone missing in Bakersfield. Given just one hour, you are tasked with finding both the youth and the bomb trapped with her. The only clues you’ll have are in the room you’ve just been closed into. As the clock ticks, you must rely on the ingenuity of the team you’ve assembled, whether it’s your best friend, a co-worker or even Mom and Dad.
The harrowing scenario is one of two from Bakersfield Escape Room, a new attraction that combines puzzle-solving and teamwork with a bit of theatricality. Groups of two to six people are confined to a room in which a main mystery can only be solved through small tasks and deciphering clues.
“It’s an interactive, immersive adventure,” said Brian Lacertosa, a partner in the new venture.
Lacertosa is no stranger to escape rooms. The Denver businessman is involved in ventures in the Mile High City as well as Phoenix and now Bakersfield, with plans to open two more in Bend, Ore., and Gilbert, Ariz.
“It’s an up-and-coming new form of entertainment,” he said.
The market for escape attractions has boomed since first taking off in 2010, according to MarketWatch numbers take from Escape Room Directory, a web-based directory that lists more than 2,600 rooms around the world, with 311 in the United States and 56 in California.