Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bowling in California

The bowling alley once played a much bigger role in the fabric of growing communities. Today, many of these great gathering spots are living out their final years, and I sincerely hope that the wrecking ball will continue to pass them by...

First up, it's Freeway Lanes on Golden State Blvd (old Hwy 99) just North of Selma:

Nice wall detail:

Restroom tile work circa 1958:

About 220 miles to the south, Palos Verdes Bowl remains in fine form and without bumpers if you please:

The locker room:

In Northern California, Monterey Lanes continues to offer safe haven to the occasional gutter-baller...

The entry driveway:

Interior ceiling panels:

Classic exterior patterns:

In Santa Fe Springs, we take a fond last look at Premier Lanes...Which closed in May, 2008. These pictures are from June, 2006 and I wish they weren't so washed-out.

Encore Room R.I.P.

I want some of these lockers in my hobby room (I also want a hobby room):

Last but not least, and still quite impressive in scope, here is wonderful Covina Bowl in West Covina...

The great sign:

Alas, The Egyptian Room is long gone, unfortunately...

See you next time!


Viewliner Ltd. said...

The best things come to those who wait. An absolutely great post. Good work, appreciated.

Namowal said...

Wonderful stuff. I love the zany optimism of these 1950s buildings and signs.
I used to live near the Palos Verdes Bowl. It's across the street from an enormous strip mall. From there you can see the spindle of the "Bowl" sign rising defiantly behind the clumps of conforming shops.

Chris Jepsen said...

See how you made me happy and sad in a single post? Nice work.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Super post! I've stumbled across the Covina Bowl about 2 years ago, what a wonderful find! You can see that sign for 1/2 mile!

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