Elitch Lanes rolling on in new location

February 6, 2015

Elitch Lanes owner Cal Eichinger is striking out to Arvada after the original bowling alley on Tennyson Street closes on May 17.

When I spoke to Eichinger about the popular bowling spot’s closing after losing its lease, he told me that he was zoning in on a new location (sadly) outside of Denver’s city limits.

“We’re going to take a bunch of our equipment, paint the inside just like Elitch Lanes,” Eichinger told Westword. “We’re going to make it feel as much like Elitch Lanes as we can and operate it with our philosophy – which is F.U.N. We don’t take it seriously.”

The new Elitch Lanes will open at 10000 Ralston Road in Arvada, in the former Western Bowl. Eichinger – who has been in the bowling business for forty years and has spent well over a decade as Elitch Lanes’ owner – says his new place is going to look and feel just like the old spot. “Most bowling centers still have some core business, based on traditional league bowlers that take bowling too seriously,” Eichinger said. “They treat it like a ‘win at all costs’ game and it’s like really? We’re all amateurs. We like fun.”

To honor the good times at the old location, Elitch Lanes will be having a weekend blowout celebration prior to its May 18 opening in the new spot. “If you want to stay here and reminisce about Elitch Lanes for the whole night, we’ll do that,” Eichinger told Westword. “This place has been around forever. It’s bowling, but forget the bowling for a second – it’s social. It’s meaningful. Friends meet friends here.”

The original Elitch Lanes at 3825 Tennyson Street is open through May 17. The closing celebration will be from May 15 through May 17 with a $40 per person rate for all-you-can-eat, drink and bowl from 6 to 9 p.m. or 9 p.m. to midnight daily. The new Elitch Lanes at 10000 Ralston Road in Arvada will open for business May 18. For more information, visit www.elitchbowling.com or call 303-477-1633.


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