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Kona Lanes
Costa Mesa, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Drivers passing through the Costa Mesa area of Orange County are familiar with the tiki lettering of the Kona Lanes bowling alley. Kona Lanes has been providing a family bowling experience since opening in 1958.

Kona Lanes shut its doors down in May 2003 and was demolished soon afterwards.

See Roadside Peek's Spotlight on Kona Lanes for more information. 12-98

 

 

Java Lanes
Long Beach, CA
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

Here's the neon marquee for Java Lanes in Long Beach. Java Lanes is a polynesian styled bowling alley featuring many googie elements. Opening in 1958, Java Lanes was a popular place to hang out in the Long Beach area. Java Lanes was torn down in 2004.

For more information, see the Lost Treasures feature on Java Lanes.

 

 

Premiere Lanes (Closed)
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Photo and info courtesy Adriene Biondo

This glowing shot of Premiere Lanes is hopefully not one of the last. Premiere is one of the very last authentic 50's bowling alleys still left in Southern California. It has a cool coffee shop and "Encore Room" cocktail lounge. Really original inside. Soon to be threatened by the Telegraph Road Corridor Beautification Program. 05-04

 

UPDATE 10/05 : Good news thus far! The Premiere Lanes is still standing almost a year and a half later. However, no predictions on its near future will be made as we've all seen these bowling palaces disappear overnight. 10-05

UPDATE 05/08 : The Premiere Lanes in Santa Fe Springs closed it doors for good on May 18th, 2008.  The bowling center lost its land lease and will be torn down. Many thanks to Lloyd Stone for update. 05-08

UPDATE 06/10 : Premiere Lanes is now in the process of being demolished. The sign has been designated as a historical landmark. Many thanks to Alex Mochizuki and Sal Garcia for update. 06-10

For more photos and information on Premiere Lanes, see Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures feature on Premiere Lanes. 06-10

 

 

Pom Lanes later Celebrity Lanes (Demolished)
Pomona, CA
Photo courtesy Dan MacPherson

 

Off Garey Avenue in Pomona was a neon delight of a ten pin alley. This "mystery" bowling alley featured a marquee that lit up in multiple colors and a bowling alley/coffee shop that was a sight for sore eyes. Unfortunately, this bowling alley met its demise some years ago. 10-05

 

UPDATE 04/08 : I believe the mystery bowling alley in Pomona was Pomona lanes, which was later renamed Celebrity Lanes until it was closed in the ‘90’s. Many thanks to Dave Piazza for update. 04-08

UPDATE 08/09 : The bowling alley actually never was called Pomona Lanes. It was called Pom Lanes until became Celebrity Lanes. The picture of the marquee to the far left may actually be a picture of Landmark Bowl, which was also in Pomona on Holt or Valley Blvd. Many thanks to Dave Piazza for update. 08-09

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