Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Centers reverberate 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, which allowed the teens who had previously been hand-setting the pins to focus on perfecting their jazz hands for upcoming street rumbles.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. They attempt to knock them down during leagues, club play, and events such as birthday parties and fundraisers.
Between frames, AMF keeps players energized at onsite food zones stocked with wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
At South Levittown Lanes, automatic scoring systems tabulate scores on flat-screen TVs as bowlers send orbs spinning down well-waxed lanes. Bowlers can keep one eye on the game and one eye on the projection screen suspended high above the lanes, or traipse to the lounge area to shoot some pool. Guests can also pop in on weekend nights for glow bowling, which transforms the alley into surreal arena of neon illumination, much like the White House after hours.
Baldwin Bowl entertains families with bowling, games, food, and libations. Newly renovated, the upscale space invites players to lounge on leather couches and enjoy a beverage while gluing their eyes to the large-screen TVs above their lane. Automatic scoring takes all the math away from outings and the fun continues away from the game with a full arcade and pub fare. The bowling mecca also hosts parties for kids and adults as well as bowling-league play, karaoke, and darts leagues.
Baldwin Bowl sets pins up, competitors knock them down, and the pin-pummeling process repeats itself seven days a week and until 4 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Forty-inch LCD scoring monitors perched above each lane are just one of a recent string of facility renovations and outside, a spacious parking lot plays host to cars and victory dances that quickly dissolve into victory mosh pits. A 66-foot movie screen broadcasts images across the alley, and the full-service snack bar and lounge fills stomachs with fresh-from-the-oven pizza slices. Baldwin Bowl also offers party packages and league play.
For more than 50 years bowlers have slung three-holed boulders down Massapequa Bowl's 30 shiny lanes. As automated scoring tallies up their points, bowlers chat across coffee tables, while seated in plush couches and feasting on beer and pizza. Elsewhere, an arcade and stuffed animal-building station, draws kids in for parties replete with a rainbow colored candy bar. Visitors can also get their competitive edges sharpened flinging darts during South Nassau Darts Associations darts leagues.
Clattering pins don't just echo across the half-century-old lanes of Woodmere Lanes during traditional open-bowl hours, but also during unique late-night events on weekend evenings. On Fridays, infectious tunes pulse from speakers to underscore X-Treme Bowling events that don't just tolerate post-strike break dances, they encourage them. Midnight Marathons on Saturday nights, otherwise, pit players against each other in a pin-crushing race for cash prizes. Tasty snacks and frothy suds from the concession stand are available all week, when players can cheer on their favorite adult or junior league.
Inside Whitestone Lanes, patrons engage in a never-ending pin barrage with bowling accommodations available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Forty-eight lanes span the facility, providing ample room for groups to bowl comfortably while serious strikers concentrate on gutter-hugging curves. Large, flat-screen televisions display scores and endearments for trusty spheres high above each lane, and a full café, bar, and lounge area keeps pin snipers stocked with hearty concessions and fast refreshments.
Deer Park Bowl sets an atmosphere of relaxed fun with its state-of-the-art lanes and onsite bar and grill. Patriotic stars and stripes adorn 16 gleaming Brunswick Pro Anvil synthetic lanes that also feature upfront ball returns, delivering balls back to players faster than it takes to memorize the 14 Eskimo words for “bowling.” Servers at the onsite Pinheads Bar & Grill dish up pizzas, fried fare, and Italian entrees as customers play darts, gaze at six plasma televisions, and swig from an extensive selection of cold bottles, tap beer, and top-shelf liquor. On weekend nights, neon lighting transforms the alley into a cosmic wonderland, accompanied by satellite radio and Saturday night.