Chunky's Cinema Pub has been mixing the polished glimmer of modern technology with the gauzy glow of yesteryear for almost two decades. Eight screens mingle first-run blockbusters with themed throwback classics catering to children of the ’50s or ’80s. There, in the glow of the previews, is another testament to the melding of time—a contemporary dinner-and-a-movie setup brings with it the nostalgia of old-school drive-ins. Instead of traditional cinema chairs, individual cushy Lincoln Continental surround communal dinner tables, and the seats roll and recline to let guests maximize their comfort and customize their sightlines as they catch the onscreen action and pretend to be backseat drivers. At their tables, American pub snacks and entrées from the extensive menu spread out, combining movies with burgers, quesadillas, and steak tips.
While the theater blends old with new, Chunky's Bio Truck zooms into the future with a gas tank full of the 100% trans-fat-free canola oil used for cooking in the kitchen. The bio-fuel reduces the truck's greenhouse emissions and helps to decrease its carbon footprint, spreading an eco-conscious message to the community.
In addition to a dozen pool tables where fierce, steady-handed competitors and casual players can knock cues, Shooters boasts 10 HDTVs, dartboards, and a full bar with a draft beer selection. Sporting spectators can belly up to the industrial-style bar and watch the game or Mixed Martial Solitaire tournament while tipping back a 16-ounce glass of Bud Light ($2.50), Newcastle ($4), Guinness ($4.50), or Blue Moon ($4). Otherwise, take your drink to the billiards area and test your sharksmanship in a game of pool on one of Shooters’ clean, well-maintained tables ($5 per hour per person, $20 per hour for unlimited players). Shooters stays open until the film-noir hours of night, so newbie players will have all night to finish their first game.
The trainers at Art of Strength eschew newfangled machines. Instead, they employ only fitness tools that have stood the test of time: weight balls, ropes, logs, sandbags, and boxes. Undulation training with heavy ropes challenges strength and endurance, and kettlebells work the body as a whole and torch calories. Instructors also employ vintage progression weight-training exercises, which leave patrons as strong as ancient warriors or the guys who had to push ancient warriors’ strollers.
With whirling colorful lights and a top-40 playlist, Roller Kingdom could give visitors the illusion that they're in a nightclub. But instead of dancing on the floor, guests strap on rollerblades or roller skates to glide across it. Novice skaters can improve their form during lessons or trade in their skates for laser-tag equipment and duel it out with friends in order to win prize tickets and the right to wear a homemade laser-tag championship belt made out of tinfoil. Outside the rink and laser-tag den, guests can play arcade games or belt out their favorite songs on the karaoke stage.
Maxamillians Billiards and Sports Bar allows cue gurus to battle it out in a 9,000-square-foot colorful-orb haven. With 14 regulation-size Connelly Ultimate tables, Maxamillians invites chalk jockeys to prove their angle-judging prowess or to illustrate the tricky tenets of Newton's 16th Law of Motion. Balls collide in a cavernous brick-lined room in the 9,000-square-foot bar, leaving plenty of room between tables. An 80-foot bar keeps throats wet, and the Boston Pizza Company dishes brick-oven pies to pool sharks.
Squealing giggles and the buzzing of arcade games echo throughout the 10,000-square-foot Funtagious Fun Center, an indoor center filled with family-friendly attractions, voted “Best Family Fun Spot” by the Lowell Sun Poll. Underwater sea creatures, pirate treasure troves, and other deep sea features glow in Shankz, an indoor, black-light miniature golf course where golfers take aim at holes carved into pitch-black greens. The sound of toppling pins emanates from a quartet of miniature bowling lanes, where youngsters can roll strikes as easily as strongmen can squeeze butter out of a bundt cake. Guests can also square off in games of billiards, or at the "Balladium" ball blaster arena, the "Time Freak" time challenge arena, or take on classic arcade games such as skee-ball and air hockey.