Stratford Recreation

Stratford Bowl

3016 N. Central Ave.


12 Responses to “Stratford Recreation”

  1. sue smith Says:

    Did this use to be Manor Bowl?

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      No–Manor Bowl was one block north, on the same side of Central. I believe each of them had about 16 lanes.

  2. Greg Herbert Says:

    Manor had 18, Stratford 16. Stratford’s Bar area overlooked lane 16 through windows. Used to work there in the 60’s

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      I bowled in both places many times. When I was in the North End, Manor was our home house 1970 thru 1973, and Stratford 1975 thru 1977.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      For many years, Manor had no bar–one of the few bowling alleys in Chicago without one. As a result, they had a couple of temperance leagues bowling in the place.

  3. Neil Hulvey Says:

    I bowled an intramural league from St.Patrick H.S.
    from 1968 to 1971 at Stratford.

  4. michael bonus Says:

    J.R. , which team did you bowl with in North End ?

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      We were Holloway Candy when we bowled out of Manor and All-Star, and Farm Express when we moved to Stratford. That last sponsor gave us spiffy shirts with real embroidery.

  5. Dave Baker Says:

    Good times at the Strat !

  6. Jack J Billy Says:

    Stratford had the AMF Magic Triangle lanes.

  7. james rumbaugh Says:

    I spotted pins there before auto pinsetters. Lived around the corner and down two blocks…east…Long and Wellington. Belmont street car line ended at Central. Bruno’s Pizza on east side. Later, Polk Bros down the street. Andies Candies on NE and South East corners of “Belmont-Central.” Big neon sign to that effect on roof line of building on NW corner…Will Rogers down the block west, and farmers open air market and far west bus turn around just east, across from the theater on SE corner (later JC Penney’s), “Air conditioned” sign on theater. The “National”…National Tea Company…grocery store… on north side of Belmont across from the theater. Had a horse hitching rack in parking lot in rear. Firestone Tire on next corner west, NE corner. St Patrick site further west was an empty lot.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      My Dad grew up in an apartment at Linder and Belmont during the 1930s. More than once he told me about the trolley bus turnaround on the future site of the Penney’s store.

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