KidVenture Dome

The former movie theater on Exchange Street in downtown Geneva has been transformed into KidVenture Dome. The play place opened this week, and a grand-opening celebration is set for Saturday.

GENEVA — KidVenture Dome, the play space and theater that found a home in an old Exchange Street movie house, is closed.

Rachel and Dan Long, who opened the business in March 2013, said they did not know what would happen to the space they have been leasing. They declined to comment further, and the building’s owner could not be reached Monday.

John Hicks, director of the Geneva Business Improvement District, said KidVenture Dome had been a real asset to the community.

“People would bring their kids downtown and then go shopping,” Hicks said.

KidVenture Dome occupied about 7,000 square feet of space in the 100-year-old building. It was designed for kids 4 months to 13 years old and featured a dining area, an enclosed play area for toddlers, a three-story climber, a book nook, birthday party rooms, a rock-climbing wall and an arcade.

The Jones Theatre upstairs could seat 80 people and featured a large movie screen.

“Needless to say, we’re very sad to see Rachel close,” Hicks said. “I know she and her husband worked very hard, and they had a very nice facility, but it’s like so many things — you’ve got to get enough buy in.”

Prior to housing KidVenture Dome, the 499 Exchange St. building had been home to a local church congregation. Before that, it was the Cinema 5 Regent Theatre.

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