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Ten Pin Alleys Southern California

 

Garden Square Bowl (Demolished)
Garden Grove, CA
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

To the left is the fantastic marquee of the Garden Square Bowl. Now an Asian strip mall, the Garden Square Bowl was home to many a 300 game in its day. Unfortunately, the huge marquee no longer stands to catch the eye of passing motorists along Garden Grove Boulevard. Has an era just passed?

Many thanks to Roman Saienni for clarification on name of this bowling alley.

 

 

 

Bowlium (Removed)
Pomona, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

Here's a fine looking sign for the Bowlium, located in Pomona. From the great looking colors to the googie shapes and lettering, this marquee is a real eye-catcher. Unfortunately, this sign was torn down and replaced a couple of years ago.

(Far left) The marquee at the Bowlium since removed

(Near right) The parabolic structure in front of the alley

 

 

Friendly Hills Bowl
Whittier, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's a nice bowling alley that's still pretty much intact... and busy. Friendly Hills Bowl features a tall marquee.

 

 

Simi Bowl
Simi Valley, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Check out the architecture on the Simi Bowl. The front facade is a throwback to the mid-century era.

 

 

 

Covina Bowl
San Bernardino Rd., Covina
Architect: Pat DeRosa
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Ah, the good ol' ten pin alley. Dating back to before World War II, bowling alleys were popular hangouts. This popularity continued through the postwar years and many new bowling venues opened during this period. Thus, a common roadside site for many years has been the neighborhood "tiki" bowl or "googie" lanes. The Covina Bowl is a fine example of this type of establishment.

 

 

Hollywood Star Lanes (Demolished)
Los Angeles, CA
Photos courtesy Ronald Mueller

The marquee for the Hollywood Star Lanes is befit for a Hollywood star. The nicely kept bowling pin sign also lights up at night.

 

UPDATE : This bowling alley was shut down in the latter part of 2002 to make way for a new school.

 

 

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