Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at Vista Lanes (Up to 68% Off)

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Up to 68% Off

Customer Reviews

28 Ratings

A great Groupon!! I bought while at the bowling alley and used it right away!! They had good music playing, the black lights on and adult beverages, couldn't get better than that!! Great place & great deal!! I even bought another one!!
Jessica L. · May 25, 2017
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D H. · May 23, 2017
Staff was friendly. It's definitely a great offer. We played for a full 2 hours and ended up having about 6 games. Was really fun.
Clara K. · February 6, 2017

What You'll Get

Choose from Three Options

  • $10 for two hours of bowling and shoe rental for two ($31 value)
  • $21 for two hours of bowling and shoe rental for four ($64 value)
  • $31 for two hours of bowling and shoe rental for six ($96 value)

Automatic Pinsetters: What’s Going on Back There?

When you’re focused on getting a strike, it’s easy to ignore the action at the end of the lane. Read on to learn how automatic pinsetters make that second roll possible.

Though automatic pinsetters were being developed by bowling companies as early as the 1910s, it was an alley owner who provided the push for their mass production. In the 1930s, George Beckerle reportedly complained to inventor and regular bowler Gottfried Schmidt about his pinboys—they just wouldn’t stick around. At the time, pins were almost universally set by human hands, often those of low-paid teenage boys. They perched on a ledge behind the pins, waiting to jump down into the ball pit, slide the ball back to the bowler, and then reset the pins for the next roll. Though the work was dull, pinboys still had to keep an eye on the game and watch out for angry bowlers who might take their frustration out on their shins. Serious injuries were not uncommon.

Just like their human predecessors, automatic pinsetters clear away fallen pins and create a new rack before the start of a frame. They can do this very quickly—the AMF 8800 Gold Edition pinsetter holds the world speed record, with a strike cycle time of 8.5 seconds. At the start of a frame, a sensor located a few feet from the pins detects a roll. After the ball falls into the ball pit, a rectangular sheet of metal called the sweep lowers to guard the pins from illegal rolls and lost shuffleboard players. Next, the pin table, outfitted with 10 holes, lowers on top of the standing pins and grasps them with its tongs. Then, the sweep pulls back, knocking the downed pins into the ball pit just before the pin table replaces the remaining pins.

As the spent pins are pushed toward the pin elevator by a conveyor, the ball veers off through a door, where it will travel under the lane and back up to the bowler. Meanwhile, the pins continue on into the pin elevator, which feeds the pin distributor that lets the pin table emerge with a fresh rack of 10 when the second roll is finished—any lane has a total of 20 pins moving through its guts at all times. Today, pinboys are mostly as extinct as dodos or goblins, but a few bowling alleys still hew to the nostalgic, if somewhat perilous, old system.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Cannot be combined with another Vista Bowling Center offer. Must Make Reservations For Saturdays after 6p.m. Not valid until 24 hours after purchase. Call Vista Bowling Center in advance for availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for voucher promo codes or other discounts. May be repurchased every 180 days. Not Valid for July. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Vista Lanes

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