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Massabesic Lake Pavilion
Massabesic Lake Pavilion, Circa 1905.
Now the site of Lakeside Lanes

Lakeside Lanes
New Bowling Center Opens Doors Today
Reprint from the Manchester Union Leader dated November 27, 1959

Lakeside Lanes, a new bowling alley and recreation center, situated at Massabesic traffic circle in Manchester, will open its doors to the public today, it was announced yesterday by Robert Kurlansky, general manager. The new bowling center, Kurlansky said, includes 24 bowling lanes which meet the highest standards official bowling regulations. Rigid specifications of construction required that they be level to width 40 / 1000ths of an inch, so precise that setting the wood alone required more than a month's time, Kurlansky noted.Manchest Union Leader
Control Desk
All Facilities are operated from a central control desk. An intricate instrument panel houses a series of switches which operate "Tel-E-Score,""Tel-E-Foul," lighting and automatic pin setting for each individual lane. In addition, meters automatically record the exact number of frames bowled in each lane. The public address system is centered here, as well as the "pro" equipment shop. The control desk is manned by a trained operator. In addition to being air-conditioned, the new lanes are also equipped with an exhaust system. The air is kept clean and free of smoke, dust and dirt at all times. Lakeside Lanes has a soundproofing system in which 85 per cent of all sound is absorbed. The building is completely fireproof, according to Kurlansky.
Other Features
Other features include continuous background music, nursery facilities, enabling mothers to bowl by providing supervised child care, and an instruction program. Lakeside Lane's snack bar is designed to accommodate both bowlers and other guests throughout the day. In addition, parties can be arranged in a private room where refreshments are served. The entrance has a canopy offering guests protection from the weather. The lighted parking area beyond accommodates more than 100 cars. The bowling center features Brunswick Crown Imperial candlepin lanes.

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