California Mid-Century Modern Bowling Alleys (page 3)

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former Bowlero [gone]
San Diego, CA
The Bowlero opened in 1957 and had 55 lanes of bowling. Since 1965, the building had housed a Scottish Rite Event Center. In 2020, plans were announced to demolish the building and build a Home Depot. Those plans were approved by the City in 2021. The building was demolished in 2024. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

former Friendly Hills Bowl
Whittier, CA


I believe the Friendly Hills Bowl was built in the late 1950s. It was later known as the AMF Friendly Hills Lanes. The business closed in 2015. The building and sign were preserved and adapted for a retail complex. [map]

Michael D's Cafe (now Bowlero)
Woodland Hills, CA


Michael D's Cafe occupied the coffee shop building adjacent to Woodlake Lanes. The bowling alley was built in 1960. Orange paint was visible under the peeling lavender paint. In 2016, Bowlero took over the bowling alley and this building was repainted. [map]