BOWLARAMA: CALIFORNIA BOWLING ARCHITECTURE 1954-1964

April 11, 2014 - May 11, 2014

 

Holiday Bowl, 1958  (c) Jack Laxer

 

 

THIS FIRST OF ITS KIND EXHIBITION LOOKS AT THE ARCHITECTURE AND TECHNOLOGY THAT CREATED A NEW KIND OF SPACE-AGE RECREATION CENTER AND REINVENTED THE SPORT OF BOWLING IN THE 1950s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THROUGH RARELY SEEN PHOTOGRAPHS, DRAWINGS, AND ORIGINAL ARTIFACTS, TAKE A PEEK INTO THIS LOST WORLD OF EXTREME ARCHITECTURE- A TIME WHEN ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS CONSIDERED THEMSELVES BOWLERS, WHEN GLITZY 50-LANE PLEASURE PALACES WERE OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, AND EXPERIENCE THE LEISURE LIFESTYLE OF BOWLARAMA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS EXHIBITION IS CURATED BY CHRIS NICHOLS. NICHOLS IS A LONGTIME PRESERVATIONIST WHO HAS WORKED TO SAVE HISTORIC MID-CENTURY BUILDINGS FOR 25 YEARS. HE IS FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY MODERN COMMITTEE AND IS CURRENTLY ON THE BOARD OF HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE. HE IS AN EDITOR AND COLUMNIST AT LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE.

 

 

 

 

 

THIS EXHIBITION IS SPONSORED BY BOWLMOR AMF, PINZ BOWLING CENTER, INTERNATIONAL BOWLING INDUSTRY MAGAZINE, AND THE BOWLING CENTERS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.