The Theatre

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The Theatre

  • Played May 2017
  • Los Angeles

  • 50 minutes
  • 1-12 players
  • $32 weekdays, $37 weekends

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As a proud theatre nerd, I couldn’t have asked for a better room to review than Escape Room LA’s “The Theatre.” The production value was impressive from start to finish, achieving an eerie realism that made our experience shine. The room was full of references that pandered to my dorky soul without distracting from the story or the fun of the game.

The room is located near the Flower District, so be prepared to do a bit of hunting for cheap parking. Once we found the sandwich-board sign leading up to the room, the waiting room area was pleasant and engaging. They have a few short puzzles on the wall that will unlock a candy jar. It’s a fun, low-stakes warm up for the room. The game hosts also offer bottles of water for anyone who checks in on Yelp.

Special mention must be made of Rachel, our fantastic game master. Rachel not only did a knockout job of setting the scene for our game, she added to the in-room fun as our stage manager boss. She maintained a perfect poker-face attitude throughout our game, armed with plenty of snarky jabs while casually catching up on some reading. When we did get stuck on a puzzle, she did a fantastic job of lightly guiding us away from incorrect interpretations without solving or hinting at the real answer.

At the end of the room, Rachel guided us through a recap of the room, noting how we approached things in new ways and fun anecdotes about where some groups get stuck. This was fantastic, as the room was so dense with puzzles that no single person would have a hand in every bit. While there was one small puzzle at the start that needed delicate precision and one near the end that required some difficult logic, I never felt like any elements were detracting from the experience.

Overall I’d say this was a great room for all skill levels, but I would recommend beginner players experience it alongside a veteran if they want to escape. Veteran players will love the unique story elements, while beginners will love the immersive story and tactile adventure.

Brava, Escape Room LA! Bravissima!

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