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  1. Anybody remember "Rack and Roll" at the corner of Bellaire and Boone rd?
  2. I was browsing the newspaper The Thresher dated October 23, 1931 and came across a business advertisement for South Main Bowling Alley located at the End O' Main. Another ad which I cannot find at the moment, specified the location of Main at Bellaire. A little confused. This isn't the infamous Palace Recreation Bowling Alley located at 6445 South Main Street? The Palace Recreation Lanes was said to be directly across from Rice University in the 6400-block of South Main. Holcombe & Main has an address of 6977 South Main, using the address of the old Shriner's Hospital. Guess they are different? I wonder why this bowling alley doesn't get the historical press as the Palace Recreation Lanes. I guess being across Rice University had some fame. I believe I figured it out. These bowling alleys are a decade apart! South Main Bowling Alley was active in the 1930s. Palace Recreation Bowling Alley was active in the 1940s. One Game of Ducks Free With One Paid game and this ad at the South Main Bowling Alley End O' Main The other bowling lanes from October 6, 1948:
  3. I was reading the newspaper The Bellaire Texan dated April 19, 1972 and came across this awesome advertisement for Brunswick Sharpstown Lanes. Nearly a decade later, in February 7, 1980, the bowling place was called Brunswick Lanes. Anyone ever bowl here? How did it compare to the nearby Bellaire bowling lanes?
  4. I was browsing the newspaper The Rice Thresher dated February 12, 1964 and came across this business ad for Monarch Bowling Alley located Old Spanish Trail & Scott Street. Given it was in the 1960s, did anyone ever go here and bowl? Are there any pictures of this place, or postcards? I'd love to hear some memories! Coming Saturday... the one... the only.. Grundelet presented by The Rally Club and featuring the hairy navel contest between the following distinguished John "Jelly Roll" Mims, Bart "Hirsute" Huemmer, Gibson "Umbilicus" Anderson. Saturday, Feb. 15. 9 till 1. T.J. McWright's Combo. Free Beer. $3.50 Couple.
  5. I was browsing the newspaper The Thresher dated August 5, 1943 and came across an article about a club meeting at the Maplewood Bowling Alley. My question is, where exactly was this? There were bowling alley lanes in the Meyerland/Gulfton area of Maplewood? Was this near Stella Link? I know there were bowling alleys on Bellaire Blvd. and Bissonnet St. I wonder if the write meant those lanes? Here's the short article: Last night the members of the Ave Maria Club met at the Maplewood Bowling Alley for a bowling party. All Catholic students are invited to join the club, said the president today.
  6. Back in the 60's-70's there used to be a very large (I mean BIG) bowling alley near old KPRC studios located at what is now the Galleria. It may have been on Post Oak. What I remember about the place was that it had a slotcar track and also an archery range inside, not to mention other entertainment also. I think it was called ----- USA or something with USA in it. Any takers on this one? This bowling alley was similar in size to the "Bronco Bowl" in Dallas (if it is still there) See you at the Delman...
  7. I was browsing EBay for historical Houston items and I came across this matchbook that showcased the North Shepherd Bowling Lanes located at 650 Westcross Street. Did anyone ever bowl here? Any photos or memories to share? Is there a time frame for this bowling alley? I can imagine the 1960s?
  8. I was browsing the newspaper The Thresher dated October 2, 1942 and came across a business ad for Pladium Bowling Lanes located at 1310 Mc Duffie St. Very cool! Never heard about this place before. I'd love to see some pictures, or a postcard. The bowing alley was located at the River Oaks Community Center complex. 20 Brunswick Centennial Lanes "Bowling at Its Best"
  9. While browsing the newspaper The Bellaire Citizen dated December 22, 1949 I came across a business ad for Oaklawn Bowling Lane located at 3815 Harrisburg Blvd. Under Complete New Management - By Ray King. Phone number BE-0764. This looks to be the current place of El Charro Mexican Restaurant? Does anyone have any memories or stories to share about this bowling alley? When did it shut down?
  10. I was browsing The Southwestern Citizen magazine dated April 13, 1962 and noticed a business ad for Lamar Lanes located at at 2727 Timmons at 3600 Block of Westheimer. "Where Intramural Bowling Is Held" Did anyone ever go here?
  11. I saw this business listing in a Rice University The Thresher magazine dated May 25, 1944. The Recreation Bowling Alley was located at 6445 South Main St. Phil Munn. was the manger. Right across from Rice. Very cool! Edit: Here's an ad from October 6, 1948 that includes the address.
  12. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/09/10/former-palace-bowling-lanes-to-be-redeveloped-as.html
  13. Like roller rinks, it appears to me that bowling alleys are slowly becoming things of the past. Are there any still open in Houston? I don't hear people nowadays taking about being in leagues and competing with other teams. My cousin told me that he remembers a bowling alley in Gulfgate that was underground. Ah, the sounds of the balls hitting the pins! People applauding when someone would get a strike! Twisting open the top of a cold, bottled beer wrapped in tissue paper! Playing a pinball machine! Eating a greasy burger in the cafe! It's been well over 20 years since I've bowled. Is bowling another recreational pasttime that is losing popularity to home computers and big screen TVs?
  14. Anyone remember Southmore Lanes? On Southmore near Almeda.
  15. Odd I didn't see anything about the Bellfort Bowling Lanes at 6111 Bellfort. Built in ~1959. My parents went to most of these listed but Bellfort was their home alley,
  16. Wasn't the bowling alley on Aldine Bender known as Spare Time Lanes? I bowled there in the early 80's, but I want to say that was the name. Even if it's not there anymore, does anyone know the address? Thanks in advance.
  17. I have been using the search feature on this site and Google to find information about a building on Almeda around the Blodgett-Southmore area. We always refered to it as the German Bowling Alley. I think it was a community/civic type building that was used in the 30s and 40s by German American organizations. Does anyone have any info on this, I have alway been curious about it but have been unable to find any real info except stories from some old timers. joe
  18. Post Oak Bowling Lanes was at 11120 S. Post Oak. It's now the site of the Christian Assembly of Houston, which looks like it might be the same building. Edit: 1977 newspaper advertisement:
  19. I had thought that there were only a couple of old-school bowling alleys remaining in the Houston area after Palace Lanes closed: Del-Mar Lanes on Mangum and Emerald Bowl on Boone Rd. But looking at Yelp, it appears that there are a few diehard AMF establishments out there. And the memorably-named South Belt/Ellington-area Armadilla Lanes II (the first one's still in Pasadena) looks like it would be well worth the trip for those who are interested in such things. https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=bowling&find_loc=Houston%2C+TX Edit:
  20. I've not seen a post for a "downtown" alley. The one I'm thinking of had a huge mural of RipVan Winkle right as you walked in the door. My dad bowled there in the late 50's, early 60's. I want to say it would have been on the near east side, but unsure. It may also have been upstairs. There was also the Turn Verein on Alameda near Hermann Park. I believe this was a German social club of sorts. Never got to go there. The N. Shepherd Lanes was located at N. Shepherd at Crosstimbers. Merchants Park was at Shepherd just south of 11th. We always called the alley on Little York - Little York Lanes. It used to host professional tournaments.
  21. I don't remember a bowling alley inside the Galleria. I do remember the bowling alley were the Men's Club is on Sage Rd. It was the Windsor Village Bowling Lanes.
  22. There was the Bellaire Lanes on Bissonett just about 1/4 mile outside the West Loop near the "new/moved" location of Don's record Shop. It is till there but redesigned and has new clients.
  23. HAIF, I'm doing some research on old Houston bowling alleys and I need more information about the lanes called MacGregor Bowling located at 7015 Almeda Road. Does anyone have pictures of the place? What about memories to share?
  24. Palace Lanes is on Bellaire. Stadium Bowl was where the South Main Target is now. I think there's still one out 290.
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