AKA: Java Bowling Alley, Long Beach, CA

Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Powers, Daly and DeRosa, Architects (firm); Austin Walter Daly (architect); Pat B. DeRosa (architect); Gordon F. Powers (architect)

Dates: constructed 1958

3800 East Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90804-2017

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Java Lanes, the oldest bowling alley in Long Beach, California, is threatened with IMMINENT demolition! Built in 1958 by the firm of DeRosa, Daly & Powers, it is the very last of the authentic Polynesian style bowling centers in Southern California. Java Lanes'swirling neon'BOWL' sign is a stunning example of postwar Googie. Java Lanes has been the home of the exotic Lava Lounge, one of the city's largest entertainment venues whose live entertainment permit was denied by Long Beach City Council in 2002. Now, Long Beach City Council has unanimously approved a zone change allowing Brookfield Homes to build 79 condominiums on the Java Lanes site. Java Lanes is the sister bowling center to Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa, another popular family recreation center that was demolished in 2003." Cindy Olnick, LA Conservancy ModCom email, 4/9/2004;

PCAD id: 2057