INTRODUCING CROTON MEMORIES, a new series that will focus on Croton from the 1940's through the 1970's. Second installment:
CROTON MEMORIES: STARLIGHT LANES with special thanks to THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
May 6, 1984 marked the end of an era in Croton. That was when Starlight Lanes closed. The culprit, according to the Gannett newspaper of the day: escalating costs—especially fuel and taxes. The paper also reported:
--“I’ll cry believe me” said Argia Totilo, a Charger team bowler and treasurer for the mixed league. Mrs. Totillo, a Croton resident, is a 25 year Starlight veteran.
--Thursday Night Live, a men’s team, came in at 8 pm. Mike Gardiner, an Ossining resident and member of Jerry Quinn’s Painters was on hand. “I wish it could stay,” he said, citing its size – 40 lanes – and its convenience.
Opened in July of 1959, bowlers reveled in its “Country Club” features: air-conditioned comfort, lauded its automatic pin-setters, soda fountain, locker rooms, Game Room and enclosed Bar and Cocktail Lounge. The cost back then: $736,000.
Now the site of many smaller stores in what is known as the Shoprite Shopping Center, Starlight Lanes remains a quintessential part of the village’s history.
To see some photos, click the link. http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157627493637944/
Stay tuned for more Croton Memories.
RELATED: THE STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN, parts 1 & 2http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/more-croton-memories-more-on-starlight.html