The iconic Lakewood Theater will become a bowling alley this summer.

GuideLive reported that owners Craig and Jennifer Spivey will open a Bowlski’s in the space at 1825 Abrams Road.

The announcement confirms rumors that started last year when a noticed posted in the window told neighbors that an application to sell and consume alcohol at the location had been filed with the City of Dallas. The name of the applicant was Bowlski’s Lakewood LLC.

The Spiveys, who are Lakewood residents and avid bowlers, also own a Bowlski’s location in El Jebel, Colorado, and Bowlounge in the Design District, according to GuideLive.

The owners converted the theater, which has been vacant since 2015, into a 10-lane bowling alley while trying to preserve the building’s art deco style. The theater seats are gone, but the Spiveys kept the murals in the front, the original bathroom tile and the mirrored ceiling in the shape of a grand piano, GuideLive reported.

The stage behind the bowling lanes also remains and may be used for live performances and karaoke. A projection screen could be used to show movies and music videos.

“We want to retain all the history in here,” Craig told GuideLive. “It would be a shame to cover all this up.”

The publication reported that besides bowling, Bowlski’s will include private gaming suites with golf simulators and an upstairs lounge with couches and pool tables. Patrons will also be able to chow down at a restaurant and bar with menu items like slideskis (sliders) and rollskis (pizza rolls).

“The more we dug around, the more cool stuff we found in here and the more ideas we got,” Craig told GuideLive. “This place just keeps on giving.”


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