questionswhere did all the bowling alleys go?

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@jrpigman: That's the greatest thing I have ever seen! The sad thing is, my kids have bowled on the Wii....

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I went last week to a bowling alley. There is one in almost every town around me, some even have two bowling alleys. It is rare I bowl but I really enjoy doing it, especially when it is $1 a game night!

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There are 4-5 within 5 miles of my house. I'm just amazed how they all stay in business...

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that's unfortunate...i'm sure your kids would enjoy bowling!

i think it's kind of regional issue...we still have a bunch of bowling alleys around here, but i admit that i know of a lot of alleys closing around the country. well if you ever take a road trip i guess you could be on the lookout for any AMF or Bowl America lanes. :P

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They turned into disco parlors, then ice skating rinks, and then finally. Walmarts

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There are seven in the nearest town (two across the street from each other), with active leagues. I don't play so I'm not sure what the demographics are (one widowed acquaintance starting playing on two leagues when she retired), but high schools here still have bowling teams. In smaller schools, like charters, it is one of the few sports where they have enough students to field a team and compete against the bigger schools.

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They ran off with the drive-in theaters.

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Hells, yes, do I go bowling! Wednesday evenings are $1 games and $5 pitchers of beer at this one sticky, rinky-dinky old place in the north 'burbs, so we go there every other week-ish and have a crass, cocky, obnoxiously good time. Then there's another place in another suburb with free bowling on Mondays and excellent burgers, but it's a little "fancier," a bit suburban-corporate-snotty pretension, so we only go to that one once a month-ish. We're mostly middling bowlers that bowl worse as the evenings (and drink) progress. For us, it's just unassuming, casual fun hanging out, doing something silly but competitive--insulting and laughing at and high-fiving each other all over the place as we each attempt to Not Be In Last Place.

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I used to go with 4-6 friends every Friday or Saturday night. They'd play loud music and have black lights and stuff. $5 and it would go from 8:00ish to 12:00ish. Drinks were cheap too. We'd all get plowed (except for the person who drew the short straw and got to be DD) for like $25 total, including the bowling.

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Well, I think you might be on to something, considering AMF filed for bankruptcy this week:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/13/amfbowling-bankruptcy-idUSL1E8MD8S320121113

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Nowhere. I have 2 in town right here and there are at least 4 more within 20 mins or so.

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They turned into retail with 6 floors of condos/high end rentals over them. Terrible wast of a good time imho.

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We have at least two in my metro area of about 100K people.

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I have at least 5 within a 30 minute drive from my house that I can think of, and that's just the ones that anyone can go to, all the country clubs around here have them too. And we have duckpin and 10 pin bowling, take your pick. Nothing like going bowling, having a few drinks (which are always cheaper than at a regular bar) and hanging out with your friends!

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They put a parking lot
On a piece of land
Where the supermarket
Used to stand

Before that they
Put up a bowling alley
On the site that used
To be the local palais

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I know of at least 3 bowling alleys within about 30 minutes of my house.

The school I want to transfer to has one as well, only has two lanes but a bowling alley is still a bowling alley.

Might be worth checking around the different colleges in your area, might find one that is part of the recreational room. Some are open to everyone, obviously being a student would be cheaper to be able to bowl but you never know.

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Our city had a six-lane bowling alley for several years, but it burned down about 20 years ago and was never rebuilt. We also had a mini-golf in the same area, but it closed after less than a year. From then on the nearest bowling alley or mini-golf course is 45 minutes away. :(

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Do you live in a city? As rent goes up it becomes harder and harder for a bowling alley to remain profitable since it requires such a large amount of space per patron. The only bowling alleys that still exist around me have mainly stayed open by branching out, and are now bars and restaurants as much as they are bowling alleys. That's also why you see disco bowling and laser bowling so often now.

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Hopefully they closed every single one of them. Inexplicably, I HATE bowling. The only good thing related to bowling is The Big Lebowski.

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They are all here. Along with the old school drive in theater.

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Here in Cincinnati they're closing rapidly. I know of four in the past few years. And it's getting really expensive. League bowling is @ $15 a night. There's hardly any open bowling at a time that kids can go. Sunday - 2 1/2 hours of bowling and shoes - $8 per person.

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I know of a handful of bowling alleys near me. The closest was redone a few years ago, went non-smoking and now it's a pretty nice place. They seem to be pretty busy on weekend nights and regularly run some pretty good specials.

You also might check out places like Main Event or similar "big box" entertainment venues. Most of those have bowling along with laser tag, video games, pool and such.

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Unfortunately, most people would rather stay at home and watch reality TV. Bowling used to be a great social night out. It has been replaced as the younger generation is into video games and texting as social events.