Celebrity Nick Cannon To Bring His Wild'N Out Hip-Hop Sports Bar & Arcade To Downtown San Diego

September 6, 2018

Fresh off the opening of his first location in Miami's South Beach, celebrity rapper and entertainer, Nick Cannon, will open the second outpost of his Wild'N Out Sports Bar & Arcade concept in downtown San Diego as part of the Theatre Box project being built at the former Reading Cinema in the Gaslamp.

We previously reported that downtown's former Reading Cinema at Fifth Avenue & G Street, which closed in February 2016, would become a luxury, Hollywood-themed movie theater from Elie Samaha, President and COO of Los Angeles' TCL Chinese Theatre, Alwyn Hight Kushner, and Sugar Factory Founder Charissa Davidovici. The project, called Theatre Box, was initially to share its 73,000 square-foot space with two dining concepts - Landshark Bar & Grill by Jimmy Buffett and Sugar Factory restaurant, lounge and candy store. Well the Jimmy Buffett part is no more and has been replaced by a second branch of Nick Cannon's Wild'N Out Sports Bar, which opened its flagship location this summer in Miami. Theatre Box will be TCL Chinese Theatre’s first luxury dine-in cinema and is expected to debut as early as late October 2018.

Nick Cannon’s Wild'N Out Sports Bar & Arcade will bring the celebrity's hit MTV show into bar form. Described as a "hip-hop-themed, full-service sports bar", Wild'N Out has a staff of scantily-clad "Wild'N Out Girls" as waitresses and offers sports bar fare like Wild ‘N Out Wings and Oversized Nachos. There will also be interactive games, arcade consoles, and memorabilia from Cannon's hit MTV show, which just entered its 12th season, as well as a full-service bar with cocktails and frozen drinks. The venue is also expected to host live performances, comedy shows, and Wild 'N Out Girls auditions. After opening his San Diego outpost in early-to-mid 2019, Cannon is expected to open another location in Hollywood, with more branches to debut in cities like New York, Las Vegas and Atlanta. 

Artistic rendering of Theatre Box
After a substantial delay, the Theatre Box is expected to open this fall with eight high-definition movie screens on the second floor of the building with 815 high-end, reclining seats in total. There will be seven luxury theaters, which will offer delivery of food and drink service that can be ordered by iPads located at each seat. There will also be Hollywood memorabilia installed, including up to 50 celebrity-handprint tiles like those outside the Chinese Theatre in LA. A Sugar Factory American Brasserie restaurant, which currently has nearly 20 locations around the world, will sit along 5th Avenue and offer frequent celebrity visits, a Chocolate Lounge, a gelato stand, and a full candy store. The eatery will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with specialty dishes like red velvet pancakes, Chocolate Decadence French Toast, Monster Burgers piled high with toppings, woodfired pizzas, pastas and more. The developers also will build a 6,000-square-foot Japanese-inspired rooftop beer garden as part of a second phase in 2019, which will also be when Wild'N Out opens.

Theatre Box will be located at 701 5th Avenue in San Diego's Gaslamp. For more information, visit theatrebox.com. Learn more about Wild'N Out Sports Bar & Arcade by visiting wildnoutsportsbarandarcade.com.