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66 Bowl
Oklahoma City, OK

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Featuring a marquee that's still in great shape, the 66 Bowl is the place to be if you're in Oklahoma City. Plus, it's right off Route 66 in the heart of the old road. This throwback of a ten pin alley features 24 lanes and has been in business since 1959.

 

66 Bowl in 2000
Oklahoma City, OK
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

(Right) 66 Bowl in 2010
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

To the left is a shot of the 66 Bowl sign in 2000. The paint on the sign looks somewhat newly refreshed.

To the right is a photo of the 66 Bowl in summer 2010. See how the pain has chipped off the sign. Not sure if the neon was still working when the bowling alley closed down.

Well, like many of the other bowling alley establishments these days, the 66 Bowl has shut its doors after 51 years. An auction that was scheduled on October 1 saw the sale of many of the alley's, treasured items. In fact, the historic 66 bowl sign sold for $3,900 to Luther resident Chuck Clowers who grew up near the bowling alley. According to The Oklahoman, Clowers plans to refurbish the sign and resell.

 

66 Bowl sign and lettering on front building
Oklahoma City, OK
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


66 Bowl neon sign
Oklahoma City, OK
Photo courtesy Alan Culley

Here's the neon sign on the front of the 66 Bowl in Oklahoma City, OK. Check out the way the bowling balls show motion as they knock the pins over on this ten pin delight of a sign. 01-08

 

66 Bowl sign close-up
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The landmark 66 Bowl sign dates back about 20 years, when the original sign was knocked off in a storm and restored. An Indian grocery store called Spices of India plans to build and open a store at the site by the end of 2010.

66 Bowl Marquee
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

 

UPDATE 02/08 : Here's a close-up shot of the 66 Bowl in Oklahoma City. Many thanks to Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn for updated photo. 02-08

UPDATE 09/10 : The 66 Bowl in Oklahoma City is scheduled to close on September 17 after 51 years, with an auction now scheduled for October 1. Spices of India is planning to open an Indian grocery story at the 66 Bowl site. For more information, see this USA Today article and NewsOK. 09-10

 

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