ventura avenue bowling alley

Where was the Avenue bowling alley? When did it close?

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Jan 21, 2014
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Avenue Bowl
by: Anonymous

I believe it was just up from Main Street, off Garden Street? it's been a long time. that one may have closed in the late 60's or early 70's. Poinsettia bowl is gone, Wagon Wheel is gone, it's sad.

Apr 06, 2014
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Avenue bowl closed for redevelopment
by: Anonymous

Avenue bowl closed in 1974. It was demolished to make room for the condo complex located at the corner of main st and n ventura ave. it was owned by the cignetti family who took their liquor license and opened the benchwarmers bar. It is still located on main st near ventura high

Aug 02, 2014
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The Avenue Bowl
by: James Narshall Lee

I pretty much grew up in the Avenue bowl from 1962 until the night it closed. The last night I was there with Sandi Lee, Jim Sieler, and Pete Cignetti when Pinky Ferro threw one last ball down alley 6. Then the lights were turned out and another wonderful piece of Ventura history was silenced.

Aug 25, 2014
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Marshall Lee
by: Gary Peterson

How right you are I was going to go with you but did not want to see the place close. We had such good times there. Now there is a coin car wash in its place, sad. Across the street was the BB cafe, great food. What great memories.

Gary Peterson

Oct 01, 2014
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Avenue bowl
by: Mark Tracy

Re:April 6 2014 this is mark. Just wanted you to know who the brilliant post came from. Jim lee what's up

Nov 16, 2015
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Pictures of the Avenue bowl
by: Anonymous

Does anyone have pictures of the avenue bowl?

Jan 01, 2016
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Pictures
by: James Marshall Lee

Most of the men and women I knew than who possibly had pictures may have passed on. Some of the Cignetti or Pinky Ferro Families should have some and I too would love to see them. How about it Mark Tracy? Have any ideas?
I would also love to get any information on the Green Mill bowling alley which gave up its lanes to the Avenue bowl in the very late 40's or early 50's. I also would love to know more about a lady name of Laura Fry who rolled a 300 game at the Green Mill in 1947. Maybe one of her descendants are still around. Hope to see more people adding to this spot of intrest.

May 31, 2016
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Juanita Lawson
by: Patricia Lawson Fortier

My mother worked at the ventura bowling alley in 1964 for a few years...Icie was her boss in the restaurant...

Jul 07, 2016
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The Avenue Bowl
by: James Marshall Lee

This is to Patricia who left a comment a while back. Around the time you talked about I was around 14 years old and vaguely remember the names Icie and Juanita. As I recall, one of the men I knew, although older than me, began dating the waitress at the cafe and Juanita sure sounds familiar. His name was Leon Kalmbach. I don't mean to brag on myself, but at that time, I was a very good bowler and the men much my senior would let me bowl in pot games with them. And although illegal, I won quite a bit of money. Back then, my buddy Gary Peterson and I thought nothing of walking the mile and a half to the bowling alley anytime day or night. Often, getting home well after midnight. Back then, besides Gary, My bowling buddies were Billy and Jim Laughlin along with Billy Pendergrass. If anyone knows these guys, tell them to visit this site.

Mar 22, 2017
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Avenue Bowl and Cignettis
by: Donna S

My family knew the Cignettis. We would get to bowl and hang out in the bar when it was closed. My father sometimes worked on the bowling machines for them. I was small, but I remember Ven Cignetti. I also remember Pinky behind the bar, and serving us coke from the bar tap. I believe it was Avenue Bowl where my parents went every Friday night for league bowling. I do know that my parents also went to Benchwarmers a few times after Avenue closed and before they moved to the midwest. Good memories.

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