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Entertainment destination LexLive to open Thursday in downtown Lexington

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The owners of LexLive on Thursday will cut the ribbon on a new, 90,000-s.f. entertainment complex in downtown Lexington. Located across from Rupp Arena at the corner of South Broadway and West High Street, LexLive has 10 movie theaters, 13 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, a restaurant, three full-service bars, nearly 50 arcade games, meeting/events space and more.

The Game Day Sports Bar at LexLive

The massive entertainment center, owned by Krikorian Premiere Entertainment, originally planned to open in October 2020, but that date was pushed back because of COVID-19 restrictions. It is now able to operate at 60% capacity, which is more than 1,400 people.

The 10 movie theaters have a total capacity of 1,000. The LFX (large format experience) auditorium has an 80-foot screen and can seat 300 viewers. In addition to first-run movies and blockbusters, the auditorium will host e-sports events, allowing for live-play tournaments and streaming game play with an interactive audience.

It officially opens to patrons Thursday at 3 p.m. Tickets for movies can be purchased online at lexlive.com, along with preorders for concessions. It is set up to require very little waiting in line, which makes social distancing easier to accommodate.

LexLive owners say the facility will complement the new convention center currently under construction, offering conference-goers a nearby entertainment and dining option previously unavailable. They also hope it will be a big hit with students at the University of Kentucky, who are in walking distance to LexLive.

Here’s a sneak peek at Lexington’s newest offering:

Photos by Mark Green and Lorie Hailey