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jaime_liion

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40 is pretty good I guess .
Los Angeles -City, has about 7 left
That's 468 sq.miles, pop. 4 million.
Los Angeles County , 4,000 sq. Miles, pop. 10 million has about 24 centers now.
That's not counting the little fun centers like they have in hollywood.
Probably shouldn,t count most of the ones owned by Bowlmor- Bowlero either most of those have no leagues , don't want them , managed by non-bowling industry types and oil the lanes on Tues.
( no joke, I've practiced some times at the Santa Monica center and one time got a lane, went to the car for a ball. I was putting my plastic ball In a carry bag and the maintenence/mechanic / lane man was near and asked what my ball was. I told him plastic because there's no oil on his lanes. He said "what's today Monday ? That's Right, I oil on Tuesdays."
So that leaves 7 or 8 real centers in the county.

When I started bowling there was at least 100 + centers .in the County.
15 just in L.A. Metro / Hollywood area.
Every suburban town had a Bowl, many had 2, .
Some had 3+.


I hear stuff like this and holy cow. I did not know that bowling alleys would not want to do leagues. I do not know how many times a week you should oil. where I live we have 2 bowling alley's/ entertainment centers. They have a lounge and restaurant and bar and casino. 

Hearing this kind of stuff makes me really really question bowlings future.
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I hear stuff like this and holy cow. I did not know that bowling alleys would not want to do leagues. I do not know how many times a week you should oil. where I live we have 2 bowling alley's/ entertainment centers. They have a lounge and restaurant and bar and casino. 


The trendy boutique centers (like Bowlero) don't do leagues...they subsist on casual bowling and charge a pretty penny for it.  Kind of like going to a nightclub. 

AMF centers only do leagues if they can't subsist on casual bowling and in the past had no reservations kicking leagues out of their center if it was financially advantageous for them.  When Bowlero bought out AMF some years ago one of the first things they did was to change their hours and open at 4pm on weekdays to save money.  Any daytime leagues they had were immediately kicked out.  They also kicked out a lot of Fri-Sun leagues to make way for more casual bowling, even if it was the middle of the season.  It's for this reason that many of us on the forum don't care to bowl in AMF centers.

A bowling center that's serious about providing a quality home for league bowling will oil lanes at least once a day.  Serious bowlers tend to prefer a fresh shot.


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In the Detroit area, there is only one AMF center. It looks like a mirror image of every other AMF center in the country. They certainly charge a lot more for food there too! Grilled cheese, most places is under $3, there, it was something like $6.50. Unsure what they charge for open bowling.
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Does anyone have any Strike and Spares Lanes. We have four here.


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We had a strike and spare lanes that closed in 1990....but it was independent.
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