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Churchill: Saying goodbye to Albany's last bowling alley
February 05, 2018

Albany In 1940, the Knickerbocker News ran an ad announcing Albany's newest attraction: the Playdium bowling alley. It promised a "spacious ladies' foyer" and a restaurant offering steak, chops and fish. It declared that the alley was "air conditioned for winter and summer comfort." It touted the Playdium as "the bowling showplace of America." If the claim was true then, it certainly isn't now. When I bowled at the Playdium on Saturday afternoon with friends and family, the interior temperature was about 20 degrees below what's needed for comfort. The strange wall carpeting was splotched with stains. The little restaurant, with its empty counter stools, wasn't offering steak or fish, thank goodness.

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