at 5621 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, 90042 United States
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With a continued reverence for restoring Los Angeles history, 1933 Group revitalized Highland Park Bowl and reintroduces it as the oldest operating bowling alley in Los Angeles. Established in 1927 Highland Park Bowl originated during the midst of prohibition, and the building housed numerous doctors’ offices on the second floor, a pharmacy, music store, and recreation space. At this time, patrons obtained legal doctor’s notes for medicinal whiskey upstairs then headed downstairs to fill the prescription at the pharmacy, which allowed permissible boozing and bowling. In 1933, the music store acquired a live music permit and fulfilled yet another spirited layer of culture into the destination. Mural During 1933 Group’s restoration, they uncovered a massive mural, which exists as the backdrop to the lanes. In the 1930s, Highland Park was at the helm of The Arts & Crafts Movement, a cultural effort connecting architecture and construction with the surrounding physical landscape. The Anderson Brothers were commissioned during that time to paint this mural depicting the community’s surrounding scenery. Mr. T’S In 1966, Joseph “Mr. T” Teresa, an Italian immigrant, purchased the building and renamed it Mr. T’s Bowl. With a complete overhaul, he concealed the original design with dropped ceilings, wall coverings and layers of paint. Throughout the decades the bowling component diminished and it evolved into a beloved music venue hosting local artists of various genres. Highland Park Bowl, 2016 After peeling away years of layers, 1933 Group exposed the original façade and interior, and refurbished the lanes and discovered a treasure trove of items, which were refurbished, repurposed, and now displayed, including: • Original bow truss architecture and skylights • Original pin machines, which were obsolete then transformed into grand chandeliers and bar shelves. Vintage ones were sourced to replace the old machines and are being used • Decades of pins, some of which were refashioned into bar lamps • League placards, and banners that are now displayed throughout • Brunswick benches repurposed into booth seating • Original candy, popcorn, nuts and cigarette machines Mr. T’s Room Aptly named, this room is located in the space where the original music store resided. It will host live shows and other cultural events.
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