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bowling alley

In my cutting edge, photo-journalistic post on Abandoned Chalfont (that’s supposed to be a joke), I reported on the “trifecta of waste” at the corner of Bristol Road and Butler Avenue. Two of the three eyesores have been demolished and the bowling alley isn’t far behind. Here are four shots of what’s left. I didn’t venture inside, the roof has collapsed in many places as you will soon see.

Rumor has it that the demolition was not done to make way for new construction. Apparently, there was an issue with vandalism and the property owners decided to demolish the buildings.  Description is above the photo.

Front view – the siding was removed and work has paused. I assume this is to allow for abestos remidation. The big dumpster has an asbestos warning label.

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Inside front – This was taken from the opposite side of the building, looking towards the front entrance. This vantage point shows the spectacular skylight letting in all the natural light (sarcasm). How about that fine wood paneling?


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The clock over the front door. I really like this old clock and I will miss it (seriously, I do like it).

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My favorite shot of the inside of the rear of the building. I love the tag.

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11 thoughts on “bowling alley

  1. genie says:

    I think it was ready for demolishment. I don’t think I would have been in there walking about. I, too, LOVE that clock. That is definitely a collector’s item. Hope the owners save that one.

  2. TheChieftess says:

    I agree about the clock!!! In Mammoth there are several buildings that should be demolished…in a ski resort!!! They’ve been abandoned for years and could never be refurbished. A couple of them were finally torn down, just at the time that we moved. They were (and are) on one of the main streets…the town has tried for years to get them torn down. Fortunately two are now down, only a couple more to go!!!

  3. Yes, you’re right, a big change from yesterday! The second shot is positively frightening. The clock? It’s marvellous. Didn’t you have a ladder? 😉

  4. TexWisGirl says:

    eek on that roof! i like the kitchy old clock too.

  5. Liz says:

    It’s certainly an eyesore!

  6. Andy says:

    I guess we both have abandon buildings on our minds. They are fun to explore and give us more questions than answers.

  7. pat tillett says:

    Probably more than a little local history took place there. I wonder what they did with the wood that made up the lanes.
    I love this old stuff. It fills me up with questions.

  8. pat tillett says:

    I went to the Abandoned Chalfont post (couldn’t comment there) and thought that some are ready for demo and some could be re-purposed (maybe). All nice pics, by the way!

  9. Steve says:

    I used to bowl here quite a bit. The place was like a living time capsule of 1960. 12 lanes with red AMF “golden triangle” pindicators and 82-30 pinspotters, and above-ground ball returns. “PIT-CATCHER” was painted in large letters above the pin area (as it was Pit-Catcher Lanes). The office is behind the paneled area in the front-of-house photo and there was a service desk in front of it where you’d rent your lane and shoes if you needed them. To the right behind the wall was the game room with a pool table, pinball, and video games. The two doors to the left are the restrooms. There were candy and drink machines outside the restrooms as well.

    For the longest time, the place had a red and white color scheme inside (you can see the red paint on the support poles in the picture). In the couple of years before it closed for good, a couple of guys bought the place and painted everything blue.

    Lots of memories of days long gone looking at these photos. Thanks for posting them.

  10. Aarati says:

    Thanks for publishing this! The kids go to school one block over and we were fascinated by these structures. We finally stopped by to take a peek and our own pictures this week. It is sad, you can tell this corner at one time was a lot of fun, but now it is all gone.