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Slide Show: Bowlarama at the Architecture and Design Museum

      There was a time when the streets of Southern California were teeming with jaunty rooflines, giant neon signs, and factories that made rocket ships. Enthusiasm for the space age colored the modern architecture that dotted our roadside, and restaurants, schools, and even religious buildings embraced the futuristic style. Some of the most extreme examples were the wondrous new bowling centers that sprang to life after the introduction of the automatic pinsetter in the early 1950s. The sport with a seedy reputation was reimagined as a family friendly paradise at lavish complexes like Covina Bowl, which featured a restaurant, nightclub, cocktail lounge, beauty parlor, barber shop, billiard hall, community rooms, and complementary child care.

      A new exhibit at the A+D Architecture and Design museum (curated by yours truly) explores this era of extravagance through the art, culture, and technology of the modern bowling center and shines a light on the remaining giants of the era. Enjoy this slideshow, and then go roll a game at one of these fabulous mid-century complexes to experience it for yourself.  

      Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture 1954-1964
      Opens April 11th with a public reception from 7-9pm
      6032 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Bay Shore Lanes
      234 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

      Bowlium
      4666 Holt Blvd., Montclair

      Covina Bowl
      1060 San Bernardino Rd., Covina

      Friendly Hills Lanes
      15545 Whittier Blvd., Whittier 

      Linbrook Bowl
      201 S. Brookhurst, Anaheim

      Mar Vista Lanes
      12125 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles

      Palos Verdes Bowl
      24600 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance 

      PINZ
      12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City 

      Shatto 39 Lanes
      3255 W. 4th St., Los Angeles 

      Zodo’s
      5925 Calle Real, Goleta

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