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Castle Lanes (Demolished)
San Francisco, CA
Photo courtesy David Kawas

The Castle Lanes in San Francisco featured a head turning marquee. The lettering is straight from the mid-century with the "Castle" piece in script lettering and the "lanes" portion in the style that was common on the "googie" signs of the 60's.

The Castle Lanes was torn down in the early 1990's to make way for condos. 12-08

Castle Lanes Match cover Image
San Francisco, CA
Image courtesy Heather David


UPDATE 05/09 : Here's a vintage match cover image from the Castle Lanes. Check out the picturesque scene around the bowling alley. Many thanks to Heather David for image. 05-09



Cambrian Bowl (Closed)
San Jose, CA
Photos and info courtesy Heather David

Independently owned and operated since 1958, Cambrian Bowl is located in San Jose’s Cambrian Park Plaza Shopping Center. The suburban bowling center features 32 lanes, a coffee shop, pizza parlor, cocktail lounge, and Skip Pavone’s “World of Bowling” Pro Shop. 02-09


UPDATE 11/17 : The Cambrian Bowl closed its doors in May 2016 due to rising rents. Word at the time was that condos would be next. 11-17



Country Club Lanes
Sacramento, CA
Photo courtesy John Flores

Here's the Country Club Lanes in Sacramento, CA. This bowling alley is part of the Country Club Centre which is on Watt Ave. and has a bowling alley, hofbrau, pool hall, Tower Records, and other shops. The bowling alley has that space age look to it. The alley is open 24 hours a day and features a live DJ and glow-in-the-dark bowling 7 days a week, becoming a fun and available stop. 11-05


For more photos and info, see Roadside Peek's Spotlight on the Country Club Lanes.



4th Street Bowl marquee
San Jose, CA
Photos and info courtesy Heather David

San Jose’s 4th Street Bowl is the last remaining bowling center in the downtown area. The center opened in 1958 with 32 lanes, a restaurant, coffee shop, billiard room, nursery room, and the “Red Fox Den” cocktail lounge. With the exception of the nursery, the same offering exists today.

4th Street Bowl lettering on side of alley
San Jose, CA
Photo courtesy Heather David

For more information, see the 4th Street Bowl website. 02-09


The canopy roof above the entranceway
San Jose, CA
Photo courtesy Heather David










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