In the 21st century, many bowling centers in America for economic reasons are going back to their roots of being more than simply a place to bowl. In the past, bowling and billiards were synonymous with one another, and you can see this by looking at places in Americana like the Tropicana Bowling Center, and The Recreation, built in Detroit, Michigan during the roaring 20’s. The recreation had 103 tables, 88 lanes, restaurants, a barber shop, cigar stands, and massive exhibition rooms for spectators.
After the stigma of billiard halls began to pervade the American psyche after the depression, bowling alleys for the most part removed this feature from their centers and dedicated their facilities to strictly bowling. Bowling was an accepted sport that even garnered a television network to air their tournaments, and continues to do so today.
The ironic thing about billiards though, is you can’t keep a good thing down. Billiards for the most part today has cast aside its seedy reputation of yesteryear and has become well recognized as an international sport with many associations, tours, and formats.
So now we are finding bowling and billiards coming full circle. As costs have risen for lane facilities, having a billiard room, arcade, and providing a full family experience is not limited to just an occasional event, but has become a necessity to thrive in today’s market.
One bowling center in America that has gone full bore into this business model is the Acme Bowling and Billiards Center in Tukwila, Washington. This modern facility has taken the bowling, billiards, arcade, and sports bar functions and put them all under one roof. Luxury seating is found not just in the sports bar, but right up to the edge of the lanes themselves.
The billiards room doesn’t just have a couple 7 foot barboxes either, but seven 9 foot Brunswick Gold Crown III tournament tables. Large screen televisions provide sports entertainment in the ‘Q Room’, and servers can order up full menus from the Ten Bar and Grill restaurant onsite.
There are two bowling rooms for use at Acme Bowl. One that is more set for a nightclub with lowered lights, music and large screen televisions, and luxury sofas. The other alley room is for leagues and open bowling, which is reminiscent of a normal bowling alley look.
Acme Bowling and Billiards also hosts numerous events including an upcoming Fantasy Football Draft Party in the Ten Bar Lounge.
More and more, some of the dreams of the past (The Recreation – Detroit) are coming back to the American landscape. And there can be no better combination than having bowling and billiards together under one roof, to bring enjoyment to families, and open the game of pool to the younger generations.
You can see another view of a bowling and billiards center that is located in Carson City, Nevada by reading this article: Carson Lanes