Java Lanes

Java Lanes

  Name: Java Lanes  
  Address: 3800 E PCH  
  City: Long Beach  
  State: CA  
  Zip: 90804  
  Phone: (562) 597-5558  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: No  
  Comments: Java Lanes, the oldest bowling alley in Long Beach, California, is threatened with 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 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 July 2002.
In February 2004, Long Beach City staff recommended approval of Brookfield Homes of Costa Mesa’s request to build 79 condominiums on the Java Lane site.
Sadly, Java Lanes has now closed permanently.
How Does Java Lanes Rate?
Votes:    82
Lanes: Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5
Food: Actual Value is 2.4Actual Value is 2.4Actual Value is 2.4
Price: Actual Value is 2.4Actual Value is 2.4Actual Value is 2.4
Fun: Actual Value is 2.6Actual Value is 2.6Actual Value is 2.6
Overall: Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5
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Java Lanes CommentsAdd your comment

Comment Date: 3/4/2011 Name: Dennis C.
I bowled there once in a while, as I got tired of the Cove Bowl, and Major. Even went to traffic school there! At the end of the demolition, I was able to get a block from one of the walls, a worker gave me, that and a brick from the Cove Bowl, and I think even something from the Red Fox bowl, a place I bowled my very first game at 15 years old! Haven’t bowled since 1988, I quit with a 188 book, and I don’t even miss very much!

Comment Date: 11/11/2010 Name: alice guriel c.j.r.
looking 4 greg or your next venue.i,m nocomputer savvy {Sorry, no personal phone numbers – B2U Staff} if line funny try later

Comment Date: 4/22/2010 Name: bob
Yes, I vaguely remember the lanes. My Grandfather was the orginal General Manager at the lanes and My Grandmother ran the child care for parents to bowl. They were Larry and Mary Baird, their lives were dedicated to the lanes at that time.

Comment Date: 1/29/2010 Name: sm
wow i thought major bowl was the oldest sure looked like it

Comment Date: 1/17/2009 Name: Erica
It’s to bad that Long Beach is no longer keeping historic buildings. The location is in a very good location and neighbors like me need this king of places to go to and keep you kids and others away from gangs and other unwanted activities. Looking forward to see this place open soon. I use to visit the place back in the 80’s with friends and we all have kids and would love to take them to the same place.

Comment Date: 5/24/2004 Name: Anonymous
Visit Java Lanes during its last week…it’ll be closing forever June 1st. Photos at

Comment Date: 3/10/2004 Name: Adriene Biondo
Java Lanes is Long Beach’s oldest and most awesome bowling alley, last of the Polynesian style centers. Now that Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa is gone, there are no Polynesian style bowling centers left. Please preserve this landmark with its intact Lava Lounge and stunning neon signage!

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