New North Kansas City business combines escape rooms with horror films

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The historic Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City serves as a reminder of the silver screen's past. Now the owners believe they've found the movie of the future - and you're the star.

They call it Shock Treatment - their new one-of-a-kind business just down the street from Screenland that combines an escape room with a horror movie.

"We want you to go in like you would a movie and be surprised and shocked," said co-owner Adam Roberts. "If you can survive a horror movie, you're going to have the best bonding relationship after that, and that's kind of what this is."

Once players get locked in a room, there are thrills and chills, with things like zombies there to scare them.    

"We took the idea of locking you in a place and then morphed it with a video game and a haunted house and kind of came up with this concept," said Roberts.

With many creepy rooms to choose from, there's something for every player.

"Everything ranges from PG-13 Walking Dead-style horror which is more fun to something like Saw, which is more intense violent," said Roberts.

Shock Treatment's game masters present each player with clues to help them beat or escape the room.

Even if they can't, they walk out unharmed.

Unlike horror films, this movie always has a happy ending.

Shock Treatment is open Friday through Sunday.  Tickets are $35.  For more information, click here.

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