AMF Circle Lanes

AMF Circle Lanes

  Name: AMF Circle Lanes  
  Address: 525 Main Street  
  City: East Haven  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06512  
  Phone: (203) 467-6351  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: No  
How Does AMF Circle Lanes Rate?
Votes:    137
Lanes: Actual Value is 2.7Actual Value is 2.7Actual Value is 2.7
Food: Actual Value is 2.7Actual Value is 2.7Actual Value is 2.7
Price: Actual Value is 2.2Actual Value is 2.2Actual Value is 2.2
Fun: Actual Value is 2.9Actual Value is 2.9Actual Value is 2.9
Overall: Actual Value is 2.9Actual Value is 2.9Actual Value is 2.9
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AMF Circle Lanes Comments

Comment Date: 10/22/2010 Name: Anonymous
I have only been bowling here since September, so I only have 10 300 games. I have to agree, the shot is terrible but makes you think alot and I think a better bowler.

Comment Date: 8/23/2010 Name: Anonymous
Well, I bowled 20 300’s in the past month and almost a 900 series. The lanes are terrible but I am just that good.

Comment Date: 7/19/2010 Name: pba EH
Bowled 5 300’s in the last two weeks at this place, great service as well as the facility. And secondly why would you even go to a public alley like that to drill your balls? Are you dumb?

Comment Date: 3/22/2010 Name: Anonymous
the only thing I ever bought was tape too….

Comment Date: 3/22/2010 Name: anonymous
the guy in the pro shop put grips in my sons conventional ball, what a moron. need i say more.

Comment Date: 12/10/2009 Name: Anonymous
BTW Silvers not going anywhere either. Even if AMF chooses not to renew the lease in 4 years the original owners and the people who still own the building/land would just reopen it as a private center.

Comment Date: 9/22/2009 Name: mista bowla
the only thing i would buy from that pro shop is tape…

Comment Date: 8/31/2009 Name: marcus fenix
east haven is a great place to bowl or hang out, work staff is great,but i hear a lot of people say that they had balls drilled in the pro shop that were really not to happy,when you hear alot of negative comments about something you tend to stay away,so that is why i go to buddies pro shop at nutmeg,or bobby fleetwood at milford lanes(if im in a hurry and cant drive all the way to fairfield)these are the two best ball drillers in all the state dont mess with east havens pro shop or anyone else if your a serious bowler because when it comes to bowling,its who is knowledgeable, and them at east haven are not to bright when it comes to ball weights,pin placement,mass bias and measuring your hand,what pitches you need in your ball,they wouldnt know what a pitch was if roger clemens threw it at them,just dont go there you will just have to go to buddies in fairfield at nutmeg,or the bowling store at amf milford lanes(bobby fleetwood)to fix it, so save yourself some aggravation…….believe me

Comment Date: 8/29/2009 Name: NONE
the pro shop s*cks all they do is screw up everything and then tell you they cant fix it

Comment Date: 7/24/2009 Name: Manya
Wait I thought “AMF Manager” was saying this place was going to close down the 1st quarter of 09? Then Silver, etc.? What every happened?

Comment Date: 7/14/2009 Name: Bowler
The kid Mikey at the desk is the rudest person ever. Dude you work in a bowling alley you are not a CEO of a Fortune 500 Company.

Comment Date: 5/26/2009 Name: Anonymous
hey pba dan, just read your last post, sure you are not 7 ? You sure write like you are. Guess the PBA has no age requirements.

Comment Date: 5/22/2009 Name: pbadan
hey anonymous im not 7 years old and a pba member you will never be circle lanes is a great place to bowl and the staff there is great if you dont like someone you dont have to buy from him stop complaining anonymous

Comment Date: 5/11/2009 Name: FreakinSweet
yea whatever happened to revolutions pro shop. that big guy ryan was the s***. he was much better than these guys ever were. that was the best shop east haven EVER had. i miss that place.

Comment Date: 5/6/2009 Name: Anonymous
Hey Joe, if you think the Pro Shop is OK, I have a bridge for sale. Let me know if you are interested, I mean you must be that stupid !

Comment Date: 5/3/2009 Name: JOE
The pro shop is fine and the guys who run it are great.

Comment Date: 4/25/2009 Name: Anonymous
Hey pba dan, based on your spelling, I did not think the PBA had members that were 7 years old. Come back when you grow up !

Comment Date: 4/17/2009 Name: pba dan
i think circle lanes is a great place to bowl in the staff is great and lila treat me well i can pracitce and they trat pba member great

Comment Date: 3/23/2009 Name: toolman
what ever happen to that kid that use to drill balls at east haven under revolutions pro shop,i think his name was ryan he was a really big dude,now he knew what he was doing when it came to drilling balls,and he was one of the best bowlers i ever seen,man he use to revs the cover off the ball,he can drill my equipment anytime,if he’s still around, anyone ever see him anymore?or did he fall off the face of the earth.

Comment Date: 1/16/2009 Name: Anonymous
I usually go to buddies, but because I bowl here in a league, thought I would try out the Pro Shop. Walked in and talked to Tony, the guy that owns the place. I average over 215 and have some knowledge of equipment. Tony is a nice enough guy, but has no clue what he is selling or how it should be drilled. I went back to Buddies and talked to Chris and told him what tony recommended and to my surprissed he laughed. He recommneded a totaly different ball with a extremely different layout. Well I bought the ball from Chris and was happy I did. the ball did exactly what I wanted and the grip is perfect. My advice, keep away from the Pro Shop.

Comment Date: 1/10/2009 Name: Anonymous
The shot is not bad, the place is clean and the Pro Shop is terrible. Enough said.

Comment Date: 11/6/2008 Name: Anonymous
I bowl in leagues here two days a week. I seem to agree with everyones comments on “the kid” he seems very conceited and cocky. Time to grow up little boy

Comment Date: 10/29/2008 Name: Joey
Hey Ed, not sure how much you use the Pro Shop or how good you are with your game, but the Pro Shop needs to be replaced with someone else. The kid, as you put it, thinks he knows everything and Tony doesn’t have a clue how to layout the equipment. Have you ever seen him bowl ? Everything he throws rolls out. If you can’t dril a ball for himself why would you want to trust him drilling one for you. I bowled there when there was no Pro Shop and as far as I am concerned there still isn’t.

Comment Date: 10/22/2008 Name: Edward
I dont know what worse. 90% of the comments here or me reading them all. —Nice place to bowl, really. Tony and the kid seem ok to me.

Comment Date: 9/17/2008 Name: John
I really think that unknow is really tony nelson. Kind of sounds like he talks, jumbled.

Comment Date: 9/15/2008 Name: Unknown
Toney And Anthony “The Kid” Know What There talkin about just because you dont kno as much as you think and they tell you what it is dosent mean there horrible there good and helped me improve my game from nothin to something

Comment Date: 9/15/2008 Name: Anonymous
Hey, unknown, come back when enter the 4th grade. Hopefully your writing and sentence structure will be better not to mention make sense.

Comment Date: 8/16/2008 Name: AMF Mechanic
To AMF Manager—FYI
AMF Crcle Lanes East Haven has a 75 year lease on the parking lot signed in 1978 by BCA (former owners of the center) and OWNS the building. AMF only got rid of “dog” centers that were a drag on the whole company or expiring leases that didn’t make sense to renew. Hamden Lanes was the only center in the New England Districts (from Massachusetts to Central N.J.) that is scheduled to be closed at this time. The only reason that Hamden was closed is because the center could not get more than a year’s lease year after year (for 5 or 6 years)—because of this they could not spend any money on renovation and that’s why it was closed. Since you are not aware of this you are not a CURRENT AMF Manager, you are either a fraud or a disgruntled former manager. The closing of Hamden only helped the business at East Haven and Milford—it’s called smart business !!!!

Comment Date: 7/27/2008 Name: BowlingFanatic2828
Our Family Fun Club moved here. There are some scoring difficulties and an inconsistent shot; however, we are all very happy with their excellent customer service, starting with Gary. We are very happy here, even though we wish Hamden was still open. Thanks Circle Lanes!

Comment Date: 7/10/2008 Name: Anonymous
Yea, I also heard that USBC will not certify any bowling center in Connecticut, don’t know why. With that being said, I guess all the centers in Connecticut will be closing before the next season starts. Guess, we will all be going to Mass or NY to bowl.

Comment Date: 7/8/2008 Name: Anonymous
I heard that Colony lanes is definitely closing- same story, they lease and the property owner is not renewing in order to put up a shopping center.

Comment Date: 7/7/2008 Name: Anonymous
Wait this place is closing also??? Wow there are going to be no more bowling alleys in CT. I heard that Wallingford was also going to close before the end of the summer. I am not sure if they were open for a year or not.

Comment Date: 7/2/2008 Name: Joe
What is there to renew? They have a 99 year lease! Silver has been renewed to 2013. Where do you get your information from? You are spreading rumors…

Comment Date: 7/1/2008 Name: AMF Manager
Just to let you all know beforehand, AMF Circle will be the next center in CT to close… First quarter of 2009 will be the close date. The owner of the building has already been notified that the lease will not be renewed. After that Silver will go… AMF is pulling out of CT completely… And i am not spreading rumors here…

Comment Date: 7/1/2008 Name: paul
I’ll give tony some credit (very little), but the kid is an idiot who knows nothing about balls, drilling or anything else about bowling. When you know as little as he does, you should be quiet and listen to the customers and try to understand what they are saying and not be arrogant and try to put them dowm like he ALWAYS does. He needs to grow up.

Comment Date: 6/30/2008 Name: —
I think everyone’s just a little mad that “the kid” and Toney know more about bowling and the balls then the bowlers themselves.

Comment Date: 6/10/2008 Name: Anonymous
I dont know whos a bigger jerk the kid or Nelson.

Comment Date: 6/4/2008 Name: Anonymous
Jimmy, very well said about the pro shop. That is the same experience I had. The guy that used to be in Hamden may not have had a fancy looking place, but he made you feel welcome.

Comment Date: 5/28/2008 Name: Joey
Anonymous, the only person here trying to start trouble is you. You are probably used to being ignored, so I am just going to add my name to the very long list of others. Lisa, I am single, in my 20’s and have a girlfriend.

Comment Date: 5/24/2008 Name: Anonymous
I just read the Hamden site and nowhere does it say this center is going to close down…it just has a generic comment that says other AMF centers will be closed. Why do you people need to look for and make trouble? Get a life.

Comment Date: 5/24/2008 Name: Lisa
Joey, where do you bowl? Are you single? Just curious.

Comment Date: 5/22/2008 Name: Joey
Hey Anonymous. I was not trying to spread any rumors. I read this on the Hamden site and was curious about how much business Circle has. Thats all. Plus this is just me, not anyone else. I post my real name and not just Anonymous that you did. Also, I have no desire to see any bowling center close nor do I care about the Pro Shop.

Comment Date: 5/20/2008 Name: Anonymous
I know Joey, Jimmy, and George, who is probably the same person, would love to see the center or the proshop closed down for their own personal reasons, but I would hate to have to drive over 30 miles to bowl or have my grips changed. Gas is already over $4 a gallon and bowling prices are already up there. I don�t care about the AMF rumors or the opinion of the proshop guy, just give me a place to bowl and get some easy slide that is within respectable driving distance. Unless you open another Center and proshop on this side of the bridge, please stop trying to make it more difficult for those of us on a tight budget. You apparently bowl and shop somewhere else so this place shutting down wouldn�t affect you negatively. The next closest place to me would be Old Saybrook which is probably another AMF Center without a proshop.

Comment Date: 5/18/2008 Name: Jimmy
Anyone gone into the pro shop recently ? The owner and the kid that works there are sure into themselves. If you do not agree with them, they look at each other and laugh. Would not recommend this place to anyone. Real bad customer service (unless you agree with everything they say).

Comment Date: 5/18/2008 Name: George
Does that Tony guy still run the pro shop ? I heard he was going to jail. Does anyone know ?

Comment Date: 5/16/2008 Name: Anonymous
They have a 99 year lease – they put in new auto scoring 2 years back, new lanes. This center is not closing, contrary to what some other desperate bowling center owners are trying to say.

Comment Date: 5/10/2008 Name: joey
Some clown on the hamden site is saying this center is going to close down. I have not been in circle in years. Is this a busy center and if so, what would be the reason for AMF to close it down ? Not trying to spread any rumors, especially bad ones, just curious.

Comment Date: 3/24/2008 Name: another ex amf meadows bowler
to annonymous,it’s amazing to see you brag about these cloud nine dream like to brag,go on the pba tour and we all can see what happens when these wall-of-china-shots,,,are nowhere to be’s time for usbc a.k.a abc,to bring back skill and shotmaking,without s*ckers like you who couldnt adjust to real challenging lane conditions,not these sport league garbage.pba experience leagues even better.

Comment Date: 3/17/2008 Name: Anonymous
Forget Sport leagues. I like the shot there. in the last 2 months, I shot 18 300 games, 16 sanctioned, and 6 800 series, 5 of them sanctioned. The 899 wasn’t sanctioned. Not bad for a guy that bowls only a couple of nights a week.

Comment Date: 3/11/2008 Name: John
With all the talk about sport conditions, it would be nice to see a sport condition league at this center. It would make for good practice before going to the Nationals. I hear USBC is putting down a sport condition starting this year in New Mexico.

Comment Date: 3/1/2008 Name: FB
I have only talked to the guy that owns it a few times. What did he do illegally ?

Comment Date: 2/25/2008 Name: Jim
The pro shop is horrible, the kid working there at least knows alot more than the guy that owns it. Matter of fact isn’t the guy that owns it in trouble with the law for doing illegal things? Why would you go there to get a ball from someone who is not trustworthy.

Comment Date: 2/14/2008 Name: Annonymous
Circle lanes pro shop is one onf the wrost you will ever see. It is run by people who only want you to buy their products. Go to bussies

Comment Date: 2/6/2008 Name: FB
Yea, I have to agree about the Pro Shop. I bowl there in only one league on Monday night. Walked in there a few times to look at the latest balls and the kid comes off as a real know it all. I am no braniac about equipment, but I do have some knowledge and this kid appeared to be way off on some of his comments. Plus it is hard to trust some kid (who does appear to be still in high school) telling you about equipment and how to spend your $200. I will stay with Buddies. They have the real experience that you can trust.

Comment Date: 1/31/2008 Name: George
The Pro Shop is terrible. If you want it done right (not by some kid fresh out of high school) go to buddies.

Comment Date: 1/29/2008 Name: anonymous
circle lanes shop is a complete craphole. go to milford or faifield.

Comment Date: 1/28/2008 Name: Pete
I walked into the Pro Shop a few months ago, thinking about buying a new ball. I did talk to the kid that was running the place for a while and I have to agree that his attitude completing turned me off. Now I am in my 40’s and have been bowling for over 25 years averaging around 215 to 220 depending on were I bowl, so I know something about the equipment. Whoever owns the shop should either train this kid or fire him, this kid does think he knows everything. I went back to Buddies. If you are buying a ball for a kid, then go to the kid to have it drilled. If you are a serious bowler, than go to Buddies.

Comment Date: 1/25/2008 Name: Anonymous
Has anybody bought a ball from the kid in the pro shop ? He sure thinks he knows everything about bowling and drilling. I think he has been drilling for 6 months or so. I couldn’t stand talking to the kid so I went to Milford. Glad I did.

Comment Date: 8/6/2007 Name: bowler
I agree the new manager is not the best. I dont see him there that much. I did not know Eric that well but at least I saw him there alot.

Comment Date: 6/24/2007 Name: JB
The new manager is awful..Wish they would bring the old one back, I think his name was eric?

Comment Date: 5/18/2007 Name: Tried It
I must agree, the pro shop is terrible. I watched the “Pro” bowl and everything is threw rolled out. Can’t see why anuone would get a ball drilled there when it can’t drill one for himself

Comment Date: 4/13/2006 Name: MD
The lanes are great if you are someone who is not a bowler and just want to have fun, but also if you are a bowler who is very dedicated it is a great place to come to practice and to see a good high scoring game. I have heard other people complain about the proshop that it is not open enough during the day but look at other ones how often are they open? I love the proshop. Personally I will not get my bowling balls drilled anywhere else.

Comment Date: 3/28/2006 Name: JB
The pro at the pro shop is not very good, I go some where else. Other that that it’s a good place to bowl, friendly people and the lanes are in pretty good shape most of the time.

Comment Date: 3/2/2006 Name: AT
The lanes are great for high scoring action. The Proshop is only part time and they are adding a new person to help run it. Circle Lanes is right off I95 in East Haven, CT The 4 Horseman League Rocks!

Comment Date: 10/31/2005 Name: JS
Pro shop is the worst in the state. The guy has no idea what he is doing. Should be a porter not a pro shop owner.

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