Ontario, Canada Photo courtesy Jay Lin
While ten pin alleys are dropping like flies (at least the unique marquees)
in the States, the sign for Bowlero Lanes still stands proudly
in Ontario, Canada. Pay this place a visit and bowl a few games while
Asbury Park, NJ Photo courtesy Bob Jagendorf
Check out this old sign out front on Asbury Lanes, in
Asbury Park, NJ. Asbury Lanes was recently converted into an entertainment
center with a bar, entertainment stage, and food service added to to its
old staple bowling. For more information, check out the Asbury Lanes website.
Hy Way Bowl
Union, NJ Photo courtesy Paul Bauke
Here's a great shot of the marquee at the Hy Way Bowl in Union, NJ. Check out the classic lettering on the bowling pin, which
was at some time decked out in neon.
New Hyde Park, NY Photo courtesy Louis Di Fazio
Over in New Hyde Park, NY is a very special bowling alley called the
Sterling Bowl. What is most interesting about this structure is
that the small building on top only serves as a lobby and entrance. Once
you enter, take an elevator ride (or stairs) to the lower bowling level
where you find the entire bowling alley, front desk, restaurant, and bar
underneath the parking lot!
No wonder the sign in the picture at the below left blares "NO TRUCKS
interior of the treasure is classic Googie from the lights to the Terrazzo
Sterling Bowl Entranceway Photo courtesy Louis Di Fazio
(Left) Check out the entranceway
and "NO TRUCKS" sign.
UPDATE 09/04 : Sterling Bowl closed in 2001 and has
since been replaced by an underground entertainment center called "Strike!"
which has cosmic bowling and go-karts and things like that. Still has
that small building on top and everything else under the parking lot,
but sad to say, that old-time bowling alley is gone. Many thanks to John
from Glen Oaks for this update. 09-04
New Castle, PA Photo courtesy Mark Hackett
The Shenango Bowl-A-Way is a fine example of roadside of the mid-century.
From its choice of colors to the star on top, this Route 422 treasure
in Ohio is a treasure.
New Castle, PA Photo courtesy Jim Zahniser
UPDATE 12/08 : The Shenango Bowl-A-Way also features a eye-catching sign on the bowling alley building. Many thanks to Jim Zahniser for update photos and info. 12-08
(Near left) The unique sign on the Shenango Lanes building
(Far left) Another photo of the roadside marquee outside of the Shenango Bowl-A-Way