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in caste village
In 1954, when Felix Caste opened his innovative neighborhood shopping center in Whitehall, it included space for his favorite sport of bowling. Village Lanes had 24 duck pin lanes, and local families flocked here to enjoy this fun and affordable recreation. Over the next few decades, Village Lanes grew in size and popularity — adding ten pin bowling, automated equipment, cosmic bowling, music, and pop art décor. The popularity of bowling continued to grow, and, in 1971, a new bowling facility opened at Caste Village. Village Lanes remained open for private parties and retro leagues until 2012, and it when it closed, the equipment was donated to a charity serving adults with developmental disabilities. The Village Lanes space is now home to Project Linus, a charity whose volunteers make blankets and comfort items for children who are sick, hospitalized, or removed from their family.
Princess Lanes opened in the early 1970s as a “state-of-the-art” bowling center with lots of media attention. The new facility featured 44 lanes with electronic equipment and a full service restaurant called “Skittles.” Princess Lanes attracted serious bowlers throughout the tri-state region, including members of the professional circuit. Our facility often served as the studio for “Bowling for Dollars” a popular local television show hosted by Nick Perry. Princess Lanes was a regular stop on the Pittsburgh Bowlers Tour and the Professional Women Bowlers Tour, as well as hosting the LPBT Three Rivers Open and the Brunswick World Team Challenge. Many celebrity bowlers came to Princess Lanes, including Guy “Buddy” Deluca, PBA Hall of Famer Earl Anthony, LPBT Champion Lisa Wagner, Guy Junker, and former Steeler Bubby Brister.
Princess Lanes is still known for its quality lanes and equipment, knowledgeable staff, clean and comfortable facilities, and exceptional customer service. We currently host 80 adult bowling leagues and many informal bowling groups. We have 44 lanes operating with Brunswick equipment and the Qubica scoring system. All lanes have large HDTV monitors. The interior of Princess Lanes was completely renovated in 2015, and the lanes and pins are professionally serviced each summer to maintain USBC certification. Our staff members are experienced bowlers who can provide advice on techniques and equipment.
Many of our patrons have come here weekly for 35 years or more, and they think of Princess Lanes as their bowlers “country club.”