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Thought so – odd that this particular abandoned bowling alley is chock full of shoes, balls, pins and other assorted bowling accessories.You’d think they’d be worth something on the secondhand market but then again, if bowling’s really in a steep decline then the demand just wouldn’t be out there.
Abandoned bowling balls, or the nest of the Queen Alien?
Anyone care to get close enough to find out for sure?
Keith Thorne has also featured the abandoned bowling alley at the Bömisches Brauhaus in his photos, but Thorne’s take on Berlin’s ruined “kegelbahn” is somewhat different than that of Dennis Gerbeckx.
As can be seen above, Thorne plays up the bright, contrasting colors of the garish graffiti and provides contrast between the flaking concrete infrastructure and the warmth of the remaining wooden bowling machinery.
Some small tags at the photog’s website, on the other hand, reveal the words “Gary” and “Indiana”.
Not all abandoned bowling alleys are dim and desolate – a few aren’t dim at all, thanks to fortuitous lighting conditions and a little help from a strobelight-wielding photographer. Once the source of much mirth and merriment on a now-shuttered military base, this cozy little alley closed around 1989.Katy Hershberger is a writer and editor in New York.She holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from The New School, and her work has appeared in Catapult, The Rumpus, the LA Review of Books, Tin House.com, and elsewhere.An abandoned bowling alley in the San Francisco area comes alive through some awesome lighting effects in these images taken in 20.The exact location of this Big Lebowski-esque bowling alley is unknown, as photographer Lost America was sworn to secrecy lest vagrants and vandals disrupt the place’s unique, “frozen in time” vibe.Berlin’s former Bömisches Brauhaus illustrates just how far an abandonment can fall before it’s completely unrecognizable.The 19th century brewery underwent conversion into a sports center that included facilities for basketball, football, and ten-pin bowling.Surprisingly much of the original equipment, the wood on the lanes, even the EXIT signs are intact and much as the last bowler (or staff member) last saw them.Note the characteristic turquoise blue color scheme – obviously the fave hue of alley designers in the Golden Age of Bowling!Sadly, it seems this old alley was razed and a condo development now occupies its former site.Where once was heard the rolling thunder of ten-pin bowling balls and the ominous clicking of scattered pins on polished wood, now only the drab minutia of routine living lands softly on jaded ears.