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New VR arcade on tap for Downtown Boise

A new virtual reality arcade is planned for the Bodo area of Downtown Boise.

Brendan Smythe, owner of the VR1 arcade started work on a new location on Broad St. It will pop up in the former location of the Ava Rae Boutique, across the street from Edwards Cinemas.

Smythe said many of his Eagle customers live in Boise and wanted to see a location closer to home.

VR1 will join another entertainment-focused business coming to Bodo in coming months – Voicebox Karaoke.

“A lot of people want to go out and do something – an arcade, karaoke, VR – maybe go over to JUMP – and also get some food,” Smythe said. “This is a good place for more entertainment.”

The VR1 location in Eagle. Photo courtesy VR1

The new VR arcade will include room for up to 22 people in the 1,148 square foot space according to a building permit with the City of Boise. Once open, customers can strap on virtual reality goggles and play a variety of interactive games.

[Update: virtual reality gym now open in Boise]

Smythe hopes to have VR1 open in January depending on construction progress.

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