When news came of 50s-themed bowling alley, Interstate Lanes, closing, many of Portland’s serious bowlers were devastated. Having been around for nearly 90 years, Interstate Lanes was a big part of the North Portland community. It was known for its dated charm, cheap round (or two) of bowling, and the best potato wedges on the block. Some members of the Farrell Realty team remember it as a “classic bowling alley” with everything you’d need from pool tables to cosmic bowling on the weekends.
What was once a space that provided entertainment for the local bowling community has been replaced by an apartment complex. Ryan Miyahira of Ankrom Moison Architects filed a permit to build, which features a brand new five-story building and features 174 units with 63 tuck-under parking spaces. While the bowling alley is certainly missed, the apartment complex has invited substantial and important revenue into the community.
If you’re still seeking a vintage bowling experience, consider the Viking Gameroom. Located in the basement of PSU and open to the public everyday except Sunday, this bowling alley has proven to be a fun and cost-effective alternative, featuring billiards, video games, and six lanes of regulation bowling.