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Bowling at Bowlmor Lanes (formerly Bethesda Bowl)

I haven't bowled in ages, but a couple of you just emailed me about setting something up.  Thanks.  I haven't been to Bowlmor (I did visit Bethesda Bowl, back in the day). 


In 1938 the original Bowlmor Lanes opened its doors in the heart of Greenwich Village at 110 University Place. During the golden age of bowling from the '40s to '60s, Bowlmor Lanes was at the forefront of the bowling revolution, hosting the prestigious Landgraf Tournament in 1942 and one of the first televised bowling tournaments in 1955. In 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon famously bowled at the lanes. Through the 70's and 80's Bowlmor Lanes was home to the top bowlers in the sport and became a regular hangout for village hipsters. But towards the 90's, as the popularity of bowling as a sport declined, so did the condition of the bowling alley.

The revamp of Bowlmor Lanes saw the installation of video screens, glow in the dark lanes and lane side food and drink service. Shannon eliminated leagues — a bowling staple that he had been told paid the rent—to ease out regulars who did not cotton to the fancy trappings or the higher prices. His vision soon became a reality. By 1999, Bowlmor Lanes became the highest-grossing bowling alley in the United States. Today it stands as the longest contiguously running bowling alley on the East Coast. Following the incredible success of Bowlmor Lanes in New York City, Shannon knew that he could bring the Bowlmor concept across the country and in 2001, STRIKE Bethesda opened to accolades in suburban Washington, D.C. A year later, STRIKE Long Island was unveiled, a cavernous underground space housing 35 lanes of bowling, a full-service restaurant and four bars. In November 2004, the 34 lane STRIKE Miami opened in the Dolphin Mall in the Doral section of the city, featuring a giant, state of the art sports themed restaurant. STRIKE Cupertino (Silicon Valley) , CA opened in the summer of 2007 and STRIKE Orange County, CA opened in the summer of 2008. In the fall of 2010, Bowlmor Lanes plans to unveil its most ambitious project to date in Times Square. All properties now operate under the Bowlmor Lanes name.


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  • Reggie
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