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BOWLING ‘HOUSES’ BECOME ANOTHER TYPE OF HOUSING

Given the fate of two beloved bowling centers and what the future holds for the land on which they sat, it seems only appropriate that besides centers and alleys, we also refer to such businesses as “houses.” In Las Vegas, the site of the former Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center, vacant since being imploded […]

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USBC, BPAA, STE LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO INVITE LEAGUE BOWLERS BACK TO THE LANES

As business resumes at bowling centers across the country, and leagues and tournaments begin to come together for the approaching summer or upcoming 2021-22 season, the United States Bowling Congress, Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and Strike Ten Entertainment are working together to rebuild the sport and help keep bowling on the minds of those […]

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ICONIC BATON ROUGE CENTER TO CLOSE APRIL 1

Another one of bowling’s iconic centers, Circle Bowl in Baton Rouge, will be shutting down on April 1, ending a 62-year run. “We did our best to get through the COVID shutdowns, mandates and other restrictions placed on the bowling industry,” the ownership said in a Facebook post. “It has not been easy on our […]

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BOWLING CENTER TO HOST UNIQUE LIVE PERFORMANCE

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio, has announced a series of four live performances in unique locations. The “Outside the Box” series will include: • “Bard on the Bar,” performed by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, at Municipal Brew Works • “Cocktails and Cabaret” at Tano’s Bistro; “Kamikaze Pinball” at the Pinball Garage […]

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KEGEL COMMEMORATING 40th ANNIVERSARY

Kegel is marking its 40th anniversary in 2021, and CEO Chris Chartrand says the company has been holding strong as the bowling world begins to rebuild following a devastating 2020. “COVID was simply one step back before taking two steps forward for the bowling industry,” Chartrand said. “Kegel remains committed to improving the bowling experience […]

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CBS ORDERS SITCOM PILOT BASED ON TOM SMALLWOOD’S LIFE

After 10 years of discussions about a possible book or movie about Tom Smallwood’s life — from laid-off autoworker to pro bowling champion — CBS finally has stepped up and moved the concept forward. The television network has ordered a comedy pilot based on the life of the 2009 World Championship winner. Read more about […]

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TEXAS BCA PRESIDENT DECLARES ANOTHER ‘INDEPENDENCE DAY’

Texas Independence Day is commemorated on March 2. That’s the date, in 1836, when historians believe the original copy of the declaration was written and signed by 59 men at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The creation of the revolutionary document prompted settlers to break away from Mexico and found the Republic of Texas. Now, David Kellerman, President of the […]

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TURBO TO HOST SINGLE-DAY EXPO FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Turbo Grips has announced that it will host a one-day version of the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo on Sunday, May 9, at Imperial Lanes in Clinton Township, Michigan. Registration for the re-branded “Collegiate Expo Xperience — Senior Edition” will take place the day before at Turbo Tech in nearby Chesterfield. Most elements of the original […]

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BPAA’S KANSAS CITY CONFERENCE IS COMFORTABLE FOR ALL

This story originally appeared in the March issue of Bowling Center Management (BCM). “I’m goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come I’m goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come.” No, we’re not talking about the Willie Harrison version of this (Jerry) Leiber and (Mike) Stoller classic, nor the Little Richard, James […]

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