Bowl-O-Mat was once a serious contender for the best bowling alley in the area. In the 80's the name changed to Fair Lanes, and remained open well into the 90's.

This is the stairway from the inside of the mall heading downstairs to the bowling alley. At the bottom of the stairs is a really cool square block fountain that I haven't seen working in probably 15 years. The bowling alley was just behind the glass windows.

The stairs in the next two pictures also head down to the bowling alley, which I never knew until just recently. They were always just mysterious stairs to me.

This next picture shows the stairway heading downstairs from the street.

A sad view of the deserted basement hallway in 2003.

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