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Covina Bowl
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.

 

 

Kona Lanes Bowl (Demolished)
Costa Mesa, CA
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

The Kona Lanes bowling alley still features vintage styled marquee and alley. Check out the cool tiki lettering on its immense sign outside.

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

 

 

Wagon Wheel Bowling (Closed)
Oxnard, CA
Photo courtesy Tony Craig

 

The Wagon Wheel Bowling in Oxnard features a good lookin' marquee that still lights up the sky at night.

Wagon Wheel Bowling marquee
Oxnard, CA
Photo courtesy Schafphoto

 

UPDATE 01/07 : The Wagon Wheel complex has been purchased by a new owner with plans to develop a residential and commercial complex. 01-07

 

 

Beverly Bowl (Removed)
Montebello, CA
Photo courtesy Sal Garcia

Here's another classic ten pin alley marquee ... it's the Beverly Bowl. It's a great place, circa 1960. Nice little original coffee shop they call the AMF Laneside Cafe.

 

Inside the Laneside Cafe
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

 

The cocktail bar is great at the Beverly Bowl it's called THE MASQUERADE! Check out the costumed figures inside.

 

The Masquerade Wall
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for above info.

For more on the fabulous Beverly Bowl, see the Lost Treasures feature on the Beverly Bowl.

 

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