The bright lights of Gunwharf Quays officially became home to a dazzling Hollywood Bowl last night, as the popular Bowlplex relaunched following a major £750,000 refurbishment.
‘Marilyn’ was on hand to officially launch the 26-lane bowling centre at a VIP party, attended by local businesses and media.
The stunning redesign has seen the centre undergo a full rebrand and refurbishment to include a brand-new Hollywood Diner, serving gourmet dogs and burgers, freshly made shakes served in retro milk bottles, and signature desserts.
The Diner now sits alongside a brand new American-style bar serving house speciality cocktails.
Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays also became home to four brand new VIP lanes, giving visitors the star treatment in a plush roped off area, named after favourite American legends; ‘Marilyn Monroe’, ‘Han Solo’, ‘Audrey Hepburn’ and ‘Elvis’.
Portsmouth customers can now bowl in the exclusive area, hidden behind luxury red curtains, with special pool style bowling balls and funky coloured pins. The VIP lanes can be booked over the phone, or subject to availability; upgraded to in the centre, from as little as an additional £1 per person, per game.
Any of the Centre’s 26 lanes can be pre-booked, and with lots of different areas to relax in the Diner and bar area, Hollywood Bowl is perfect for celebrations of all occasions; from family gatherings and children’s parties to nights out, work functions and informal work socials.
Team members are also always on-hand to help set up ramps and in-lane bumpers that give little ones a great chance of beating the adults.
The Centre’s impressive amusement area has also been transformed and features the latest industry leading games such as Jurassic Park and MOTO GP Bikes, retro games like Crossy Road and old favourites like crane games with the latest movie related prizes.
To top it all off, there is the added opportunity to ‘Play for Prizes’, where customers can collect tickets won on their favourite games and exchange them for great goodies, from candy to remote controlled Bugattis.
Reece Badger, general manager of Hollywood Bowl, Portsmouth said, “We’re incredibly excited about the transformation that has taken place and can’t wait to bring the full Hollywood Bowl experience to both new and existing Portsmouth customers.
“As a premium retail and leisure outlet, Gunwharf Quays is the ideal location in which to be developing from Bowlplex into the world-class bowling experience, synonymous with Hollywood Bowl.”
The refurbishment of Bowlplex Portsmouth has brought a buzz of excitement to Gunwharf Quays.
Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, said, “We aim to provide visitors with a day out to remember. As one of the south coast’s most popular destinations, we offer guests the opportunity to relax at our waterfront restaurants, shop the latest designer trends in our 90 retail outlets and enjoy leisure facilities from sailing and RIB rides, to the cinema and bowling complex.
"The introduction of Hollywood Bowl will transform our leisure offer and we can’t wait to welcome guests later this month,” he added.