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December 4, 2017
While most businesses are not in a hurry to see you leave, Port City Escape wants its guests to get out as soon as they can.
By popular demand, Port City Escape, an immersive adventure experience owned and operated in Wilmington, NC, is now taking bookings for its private adventure room, Motel 813. Capped at only five people, this room is perfect for couples, small families and smaller groups of friends.
“With the addition of this new room, I am just giving my customers what they are asking for,” said Kris Testori, co-owner of Port City Escape. “Customers keep asking us to create a private room that’s good for couples and smaller groups. They also keep asking for a room with a scary theme. We combined the two into Motel 813.”
The new escape room places participants in a 1970’s era motel room filled with items from a long-dead family. You and your friends are incredibly daring – or incredibly foolish – enough to check into Motel 813 on a dark and stormy night. In 1972, the exact motel room you are booked into was the scene of a grisly murder of a young family. While most people blamed the husband, the murder was never solved. When a second couple went missing after checking into this room it was closed to the public. Now, you and your friends are locked in this room. If in 60 minutes, if you have not been able to uncover the mystery behind their tragic deaths, your destiny will be no different than those of the guests that were here before you. Can you escape?
“We are really excited to offer a room for smaller groups,” Testori said. “We hope that instead of dinner and a movie, couples or smaller groups will choose to plan dinner and an escape room,” she added.
Motel 813 will join Blackbeard’s Escape and Nuclear Countdown as yet another escape room experience option. A fourth room, Civil War Conspiracy, is expected to open within the next few months. Tickets for all three rooms can be purchased here.
Port City Escape is a family owned and operated escape room providing participants with a handcrafted, interactive experience. Team members must work together to reveal clues, solve riddles, and crack codes before the clock runs out. Within each room, all of the props, as well as the room décor and sound effects come together to create a fully immersive experience.
September 13, 2017
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Thalian Association Community Theatre
A Place for the Performing Arts at Port City Escape: Thalian Association Community Theatre and Local Business form Collaboration for Innovation.
WILMINGTON, NC – After 25 years of outsourcing set design services, Thalian Association Community Theatre (Thalian Association) has partnered with Port City Escape to provide the ideal space for creativity to come to life. Thalian Association staff and volunteers are utilizing a secure building located on Port City Escape’s property owned by Dr. Doug and Kris Testori. There they will build many of the Official Community Theatre of North Carolina 2017-2018 main stage and youth theatre sets.
“Most local theatre companies struggle with finding a dedicated space to craft the sets and backdrops that bring a story to life,” stated Susan Habas, Executive Director for Thalian Association. “The Testori’s and the staff at Port City Escape continue to be amazing community partners for the benefit of theatre goers in the Cape Fear area.”
The first set to be built in the new space is for Hairspray, the opening show of Thalian Association’s youth theatre season. Construction on the Main Stage Thalian Hall holiday show A Christmas Story: the Musical is slated to begin soon.
“The decision to bring back managing the entire set design process allows our team of theatre professionals to return to our true community days of the past,” says Lance Howell, Technical Advisor for Thalian Association. “I now have a space to help educate and train the set designers of the future, ensure that the visual vision of our plays remains authentic, and reduce spending for this important non-profit entity.”
Port City Escape, an immersive adventure venue, opened its doors to the public a little over a year ago. When the Testori’s purchased the building that now houses its escape rooms, the property parcel included a second building that until now has not been fully utilized.
“When Susan presented us the opportunity to assist Thalian Association with their set design needs, both Doug and I could not think of a better use for our warehouse,” says Kris Testori. “Several of our seasonal employees have benefited from time spent performing and producing community theater. Our business prides itself on a truly unique escape room experience and is proud to assist these talented individuals in their creative efforts.”
Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall and five youth theatre productions on the 2nd Street Stage in the Community Arts Center. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature. For more information, go to www.thalian.org.
Port City Escape is a family owned and operated escape room providing participants with a handcrafted, interactive experience. Team members must work together to reveal clues, solve riddles, and crack codes before the clock runs out. Within each room, all of the props, as well as the room décor and sound effects come together to create a fully immersive experience. More information can be found by visiting portcityescape.com.