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Continental Lanes has announced that it will be closing June 8th after being in operation since September 1, 1962. This 54-lane center located on Gratiot Avenue in Roseville, MI will be replaced by an LA Fitness next year. The building will be bulldozed.

This is where I started bowling at the age of 3 in 1985. I bowled youth leagues, mens leagues and pot games there up until 2003. I also worked there as a porter then mechanic from 1996-2002. Continental, like so many other centers in the Detroit area and elsewhere, will meet it demise very soon. What was once the king of the east side will only be a memory by next February.

Continental opened in 1962 and had AMF 82-30 machines with sparemaker chassis until about 1976. Used AMF 82-70s were brought in from Japan (same lot as the machines at Sterling Bowl) and replaced the slower 30s. In 1993, Mendes automatic scoring was put in to replace to telescores.







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we lose yet another center in the Detroit area....very sad. 
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another bowling center closing is just sad...
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Please tell me those vintage Sure-Piks aren't winding up in the garbage.

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Please tell me those vintage Sure-Piks aren't winding up in the garbage.



I know the lanes are already sold. Not sure if the machinery has been sold yet. I can keep you posted.
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There's another place I heard of, Maple Lanes in Brooklyn is closing after 49 years in business.

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Maple Lanes, at 1570 60th Street, will close for good after the final pins hit the floor Sunday night, as the 49-year-old business is slated to give way to a religious and residential complex.

The closing, first reported by Brooklyn Spectator, was long expected since the LaSpina family, which owns the business, sold to a developer who will build 112 residential units atop a house of worship.

The news has been taken as a blow to the community since it was first announced in September 2012. It was just a matter of weeks before a Save Maple Lanes petition began circulating, albeit unsuccessfully.

While the developer sought approval from the city to build residential units in an area zoned for manufacturing, community opinion remained split.

Meanwhile, Borough President Marty Markowitz sought to alleviate the added pressure on parking that the closure would cause on nearby Shell Lanes (1 Bouck Court), by asking the Department of Transportation to create angled parking in the area. The request was denied.

Spectator notes the locations of the handful of bowling alleys that remain in the borough:

Once Maple Lanes is gone, there will only be five bowling alleys left in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bowl and The Gutter in Williamsburg, Melody Lanes in Sunset Park, Shell Lanes in Gravesend, and Strike 10 Lanes (fka Gil Hodges Lanes) in Mill Basin.

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No way!! That just sucks. They constantly made improvements there and kept it nice and clean. My kids bowled there when they were in juniors and the family was always super nice. 
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The center has been closed since June, but will it actually be demolished to build LA Fitness? The deal still has not been finalized.

http://www.macombdaily.com/business/20131215/officials-la-fitness-still-coming-to-roseville

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Two more bowling centers closing in SE lower MI, will the closings ever end?  I know, that now, it's getting increasingly difficult to operate a bowling center with rising costs far out weighing revenues.  It's a tough business, particularly in today's poor economical environment.  The present rate of bowling centers closing up is frightening.  It's as if the sport of bowling is on a life support system with an unknown prognosis for survival?

I'm unselfishly glad it's not the Continental Lanes around here that is closing.  Will extend my compassion to those who are affected by both the closing of Continental Lanes in Roseville, MI & Maple Lanes in Brooklyn, NY.
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There's another place I heard of, Maple Lanes in Brooklyn is closing after 49 years in business.

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Photo by Susan Armitage

Maple Lanes, at 1570 60th Street, will close for good after the final pins hit the floor Sunday night, as the 49-year-old business is slated to give way to a religious and residential complex.

The closing, first reported by Brooklyn Spectator, was long expected since the LaSpina family, which owns the business, sold to a developer who will build 112 residential units atop a house of worship.

The news has been taken as a blow to the community since it was first announced in September 2012. It was just a matter of weeks before a Save Maple Lanes petition began circulating, albeit unsuccessfully.

While the developer sought approval from the city to build residential units in an area zoned for manufacturing, community opinion remained split.

Meanwhile, Borough President Marty Markowitz sought to alleviate the added pressure on parking that the closure would cause on nearby Shell Lanes (1 Bouck Court), by asking the Department of Transportation to create angled parking in the area. The request was denied.

Spectator notes the locations of the handful of bowling alleys that remain in the borough:

Once Maple Lanes is gone, there will only be five bowling alleys left in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bowl and The Gutter in Williamsburg, Melody Lanes in Sunset Park, Shell Lanes in Gravesend, and Strike 10 Lanes (fka Gil Hodges Lanes) in Mill Basin.


Read this: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/09/10/beloved-brooklyn-bowling-alley-maple-lanes-being-sold-to-developer/

This is exactly what PINZ Kalamazoo has become:  "Frequenters lamented news of the sale, saying they saw the Borough Park bowling alley as something wholesome and unlike new bowling alleys they said were more like upscale bars with bowling in the background", a quote from the article.

Another quote from the article: "Another regular said they just don’t make bowling alleys like it anymore". "“They’re all geared to publicity and celebrity and selling beer and liquor — no real bowling,” the bowler said of new alleys"

PINZ Kalamazoo was resurrected on this premise, an extravagant bar serving drinks to WMU students with bowling as a side show with strobe & glow lights to accentuate the drinking experience while the college students bowl for kicks.  The bar that happens to have bowling lanes, only has two leagues, a Tuesday night men's league & our Scratch League on Thursday night.  The place doesn't even open until 4:00 P.M. each day & is closed on Mondays.  Other than the two leagues, the place is a college bar with no real bowling.  The bar is glitzy, the alley is a dump & the restrooms are falling apart.  They certainly don't build alleys like they used to! 
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Here are a few shots from the demolition that I took last week. Feel free to browse around my Flickr page for more from the inside of the center before demo.






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Here are a few shots from the demolition that I took last week. Feel free to browse around my Flickr page for more from the inside of the center before demo.







DetroitSignal, I viewed your entire photo collection last night.  Not only nice shots of the dismantling of Continental Lanes in Roseville, but also of the various intersections in the City of Detroit.  I must say that your niche & hobby for collecting & photographing traffic lights is unique & interesting!
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quomod sedet sola civitas!
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Thanks Backbone!!!
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I 2nd backbone's comment. I did the same. Great stuff, I've always loved stuff like that. Road signs, traffic signals, railroad crossings, etc. Great stuff my friend! [smile]
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