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Highland Park Bowl – Inside a Stunning Masterwork of Preservation in Los Angeles

Highland Park Bowling is a uncommon location in Los Angeles. A place of 1927, entirely refurbished by the 1933 Group.During the midst of prohibition, the original Highland Park Bowl first opened in 1927. During the 80s and 90s the space transitioned into an iconic live music venue is Los Angeles called Mr. T’s.

Now 89 years later, the 1933 Group have restored and revitalized the vintage bowling alley, transporting patrons into a different era with a steampunk vibe.

After peeling away years of layers, 1933 Group exposed the original façade and interior, and refurbished the lanes and discovered a treasure trove of items, which were refurbished, repurposed, and now displayed, including:

• Original bow truss architecture and skylights
• Original pin machines, which were obsolete then transformed into grand chandeliers and bar shelves. Vintage ones were sourced to replace the old machines and are being used
• Decades of pins, some of which were refashioned into bar lamps
• League placards, and banners that are now displayed throughout
• Brunswick benches repurposed into booth seating
• Original candy, popcorn, nuts and cigarette machines