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Dallas' Lakewood Theater finds second life with hip new bowling alley

Dallas' Lakewood Theater finds second life with hip new bowling alley

Bowlounge in Design District
Bowlounge and Bowlero are bowling cousins. Courtesy photo

The iconic Lakewood Theater will soon be home to a new bowling alley, when a Colorado-based concept called Bowlski's opens in the long-vacant venue. According to their website, they'll open in summer 2019.

Bowlski's is a family-run bowling business started in Colorado by Craig and Jennifer Spivey, who have more than 10 years' experience in the restaurant industry and five-plus years operating as bowling proprietor.

The couple opened their first Bowlski's in Colorado in 2016, and also helped open Bowlounge, a similar bowling alley-restaurant in Dallas' Design District.

Bowlounge was one of the first retro-cool bowling concepts to settle in Dallas when it opened in 2013 and remains the hipster pick. DFW has since seen a wave of similar concepts, such as Bowl & Barrel, Pinstack, Pinstripes, and Bowlero, with more on the way — such as Punch Bowl Social, also from Colorado, which is about to open in Deep Ellum any day now.

According to GuideLive, the Spiveys are avid bowlers who live in Lakewood. They took possession of the Lakewood Theater, which had been empty since 2015, in 2018.

They've installed 10 bowling lanes, while preserving many of the building's trademark features, including murals, original bathroom tile, and the mirrored ceiling, which is shaped like a piano.

They kept the stage, which remains behind the bowling lanes, to possibly be used for live shows, movies, and videos.

In addition to bowling, Bowlski's will have a restaurant with casual items like pizza rolls and sliders, as well as a second-floor lounge with pool tables.

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