Interstate Bowl was built in 1960, when drive-in movies and Friday night football games were the only places you had to take a date.
In 1973, Bill Jessee leased the business and set out to provide area young people a great place to hang out and enjoy one of the fastest growing sports of the time.
In 1975, Bill and his son Jerry, actually purchased the business and quickly began to make renovations, including a freshly paved parking lot and colorful awnings on the building. Many improvements were made over the years as Bill and Jerry strived to keep the center up to date.
During the time between early 1995 and 1996, some of their biggest and best changes were completed. A new automatic scoring system was installed along with powerlift ball returns, and synthetic lanes. Shortly after, brand new state-of-the-art pin-setting machines were added. These still exist at Interstate today, making it one of the region’s most-respected bowling centers. Interstate has become an icon to local fun-seekers and serious bowlers alike.
....... AND TODAY
In March 2018, Interstate changed ownership as it was purchased by SEL, Inc. out of Waynesboro, VA. The new owners have wasted no time in making progressive changes to enhance the center’s character and timely appeal. These changes are ongoing with good things planned for the popular center, but visitors will already note additions of multiple 40-inch flat screen TVs around the center, upgrades in cosmic lighting, new restaurant seating and menu, birthday party packages, and a fully stocked and staffed proshop.
The new owners have hearts that are driven toward getting the youth in the area involved in the clean and competitive sport of bowling. The plans in this area include structured youth programs with qualified coaching. Interstate participates with the USBC Kids Bowl Free promotion in which parents can bring their kids to enjoy free bowling all summer.
Whether you are just looking for a good place to hang out with friends or you are ready to test your skills in league bowling, Interstate has what you are looking for. They offer leagues for all ages and abilities. If you listen, you can always hear balls rolling, pins falling, and the ever present sounds of cheers and laughter from friends and families at Interstate Bowl.