As bowlers hurl balls down Heritage’s 20 lanes, videos blast on 96-inch screens while music swells from the alley’s powerful sound system. Here, colorful neon lights fill the air four nights a week, bathing bowlers in an otherworldly glow for cosmic bowling. Each lane is equipped with fully computerized scoring, relieving bowlers of the shame that accompanies revealing an inability to do math.
Behind the lanes, two full-sized tables and the arcade’s skee-ball and video games further foster bouts of friendly competition. An indoor barbecue fuels the revelry with an extensive menu of sirloin steaks and all-beef burgers, and an arsenal of liquors and beers stock the on-site bar.
To a soundtrack of upbeat music, players at Century Bowling take aim at pins under standard lighting or the glow of black lights. Computerized scoring flashes across above-lane screens, and automatic bumpers help newer players keep their balls on course without installing thumbhole GPS systems. From their lanes’ seating area, players can snack on pizza, hot dogs, and appetizers between turns or sip on draft and bottled beers or mixed drinks.
At Cochrane Lanes, bowlers throw strikes and spares down five-pin bowling lanes. After outfitting toes in technicolor footwear, athletes line up shots, pull back arms, and then propel balls down polished wood lanes. Meanwhile, music and televisions entertain ears between frames, and eyes are glued to portable electronics connected to the alley's WiFi. After games, bowlers can nibble eats and sip draft beer at Cochrane Lanes' fully licensed restaurant, or continue competitions at the alley's game room, where darts fly, pucks glide over an air hockey table, and pool sharks nap on top of a billiards table.
Mountain View Bowling almost seems like a museum dedicated to the mid-20th century?except that most museums don't let you hurl bowling balls at their artifacts. The 1950s come to life at this brightly lit bowling alley, where games of 5- and 10-pin bowling capture the history of the sport and an in-house diner serves classic burgers and sandwiches.
Indeed, it seems as is no detail here has been overlooked. Everything evokes a nostalgia for the past, from the vintage bowling shoes to the black-and-white tiled staging area. The alley transforms for retro glow bowling on Friday and Saturday nights, when a blue-tinted haze washes over the lanes and a nuclear air raid siren goes off every 10 minutes. But while Mountain View Bowling's decor may be retro, the technology isn't: flat-screen TVs display the automatic scoring for each game.