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