No matter the day, a sense of competition fills the air at King Pin Lanes. The sound of clattering pins and congratulatory high-fives echoes as bowlers roll strikes down the alley's 32 gleaming lanes. Automatic scoring systems allow visitors to focus on their upcoming bowls instead of adding up frames, and groups with kids 10 and younger can add bumpers to each gutter to help little ones get into the competitive spirit. Every Friday and Saturday, a DJ spins tunes to soundtrack cosmic bowling sessions with requests dominating after 9 p.m. At King Pin Cafe, King Pin Lanes' snack bar, bowlers gather all week long around plates of tater tots or freshly grilled burgers for conciliatory snacks after intense games or bowling shoe insults, while a full-service restaurant and lounge, Midlo's Bite is also available.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
With 48 bowling lanes, a comedy club, and a 5,000 square-foot sports bar, Liberty Center presents plenty of space for hurling spheres and howling at comedians. Upon arrival, prospective bowlers trade in their street shoes for a pair of two-tone lace-ups, which offer ample toe protection against clumsy bowling ball dance partners. On Friday and Saturday nights, players may raise up their arms and the automatic bumpers to the live DJ music dispersing throughout the glow-in-the-dark arena. A large soda, guzzled between turns, soothes mouths tired from cheering on teammates and selfishly hiding bowling balls.
Bowling at Sparetimes is all about fun and convenience. Bumpers in each of the 32 lanes rise and fall with ease so that parents and children can share a lane, and an automatic scoring system keeps track of frames as pins clatter to the floor. The snack bar provides sustenance in the form of pizza and sandwiches, while the arcade offers a chance to stretch out fingers on both hands. Bowlers also take a break between games at the Winners Circle sports bar, where they can continue enjoy a game of pool or electronic darts. On the weekends, the lights go low during glow bowl, when music videos take over the two 10‘x12’ screens hanging above the lanes and black lights give white T-shirts a bluish gleam so that they can be used to direct approaching UFOs to the parking lot.
Fort Hill Bowling Center rings the bell between balls and pins as competitors unleash rotating jabs across fully automated lanes. Each day of the week, the facility resonates with the unabashed point scoring of friendly matches or league play. A snack bar keeps fingers properly fueled, and a video jukebox volunteers to cast a tuneful tone across otherwise thunderous frames. After final point totals are tallied, teams can continue to feed their cravings for spherical competition on a pool table, which is far safer than stealing a rottweiler's tennis ball during games of Steal the Rottweiler's Tennis Ball.
The roar of felled pins fills the spacious confines of Pinboy's At The Beach, an independently owned bowling center that has been in operation for 30 years. Ball-hurlers clad in smooth-soled rental shoes seek out strikes on their alleyways seven days a week, while trying not to stare at their own reflections in the polished wood floor. After 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the lights are dimmed and tunes are pumped up for Pinboys After Dark. Billiard tables provide alternative forms of friendly competition, and Pinboys can close its doors for a variety of private party packages including kids' birthday parties and adult parties with 2.5 hours of unlimited bowling.