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New exhibit at the Architecture and Design Museum showcases history of bowling alleys

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Desiree Escarcida takes her turn on the lanes at the AMF bowling alley in Fullerton, Calif. Grant Slater/KPCC

And now to the great American pastime: Bowling.

Not only is bowling a great way to spend time with family and friends, it's also one of the only sports to launch a great tradition of mid-century architecture.

A new exhibit at the A&D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles celebrates the glory of bowling alley architecture. It's called Bowlarama.

To find out more about it, host Alex Cohen recently met with the exhibit's curator—Los Angeles Magazine Editor Chris Nichols at PINZ bowling alley in Studio City. 

Looking for historic bowling alleys to visit? Here's a list from Chris Nichols:

Bay Shore Lanes
234 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

4666 Holt Blvd., Montclair

Covina Bowl
1060 San Bernardino Rd., Covina

Friendly Hills Lanes
15545 Whittier Blvd., Whittier 

Linbrook Bowl
201 S. Brookhurst, Anaheim

Mar Vista Lanes
12125 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles

Palos Verdes Bowl
24600 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance 

12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City 

Shatto 39 Lanes
3255 W. 4th St., Los Angeles 

5925 Calle Real, Goleta

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