Capital City Bowl - 14 West 14th Ave.
Opened in 1958 - Demolished 2008



COURTESY OF DAVID BURTON

Capital City Bowl opened its doors at 14 West 14th Ave. in August of 1958, entering into competition with the larger (16-lane) Imperial Lanes, which had opened in 1957 on Helena's east side, at 607 N. Roberts. Bowling was more popular in the U.S. in the 1950s than it is today, partly because it is a TV-friendly sport and everybody was TV-crazy. Post-war advances in automatic pinsetting technology also made the game more fun to play.


Capital Lanes, which was located at 2311 N. Montana Ave., was destroyed by fire on March 20, 1957, not 1956 as the story says.

Helena Bowling Establishments Timeline:
March 20, 1957 - Capital Lanes on N. Montana Ave. burns down.
August 17, 1957 - Imperial Lanes opens at 607 N. Roberts.
August 31, 1958 - Capital City Bowl opens at 14 West 14th Ave.

 

 

Carroll College Students at Capital City Bowl, 1964
Carroll College 'Hilltopper' Yearbook, 1964


COURTESY OF THE MONTANA MEMORY PROJECT

 


Capital City Bowl Interior View, circa 1968
Carroll College 'Hilltopper' Yearbook, 1969

 

Capital City Bowl Swizzle Stick

 

 

Capital City Bowl Demoliton, 2008

Capital City Bowl was sold in August of 2005, and was demolished in 2008 to make way for the Montana Fund Building.


COURTESY OF ROGER LIEDLE

 


COURTESY OF ROGER LIEDLE

 


Capital City Bowl Site, 2012