Covina Bowl (1955)

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Covina Bowl (1955)

Postby Adriene » Thu May 06, 2004 12:48 am

Covina Bowl (1955) - DeRosa, Daly & Powers (same firm that designed Java Lanes in 1958), first of Pat DeRosa's ultimate fantasy concept modern bowling centers. Brunswick Corporation has modified the interior and installed a new snack bar. Now you can no longer see the pyramid above you as you enter through the main doors. Plans are to close the original coffee shop permanently by May 7th and convert it into additional banquet facilities. Other changes could be on the horizon..

Let's write and let them know Covina Bowl is a historic landmark and that the neon sign shaped like an Egyptian key is a treasure we especially don't want to lose:

Scott Chauncey
Director of Operations
Brunswick Bowling and Billiards Regional Office
7930 Haven Avenue, Suite 101
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
scott.chauncey@brunbowl.com

and

Covina Valley Historical Society
125 East College Street
Covina, CA 91723
cvhs@earthlink.net

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Covina Bowl

Postby Chrisgreen » Mon May 17, 2004 10:46 am

I had a REALLY great hamburger at that place once. Too bad!

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Postby nichols » Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:13 pm

Speaking of (Brunswick) Covina Bowl...


Wow. Have you all seen this incredible Brunswick film "The Golden Years" ??? It gets a little slow, but wow - the visuals.

http://www.archive.org/stream/GoldenYe1 ... 0_64kb.mp4

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Postby moderns-r-us » Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:42 pm

Loved It!

I kept thinking of how it reminded me of some of the GM films from the same period.

Then at the end I saw that it was a Jam Handy Film, the same person who made all of those GM films like Populuxe, etc.
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Postby khummer » Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:59 pm

Very bad. The city has a very small historical society into Victorian era, and I can only cross our fingers are they into this. Many probably bowled there in the hype of the sport in Covina. The city is very anti-preservation unless someone eeks out legal counsel.

Very bad.

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Postby CapitalMod » Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:55 am

I am becoming convinced that there is some mass conspiracy dedicated to plowing down everything and anything of interest from the past.

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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:49 pm

Covina Bowl creator dies at 88
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LOS ANGELES TIMES
Sep. 30, 2008

Louis Brutocao
BRUTOCAO, Louis (1920-2008) Louis Brutocao, former Mayor of Covina and prominent business and political leader, died Thursday, September 25. Brutocao was 88 years old. After being diagnosed in March 2007, with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a highly aggressive brain cancer, he had a novel treatment program and far exceeded expectations for both survival and quality of life. Brutocao died in his home in San Juan Capistrano, where he has resided since 1995. Mr. Brutocao was born in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, on January 24, 1920, the son of Italian immigrants. He lost his father at the age of nine, and his mother struggled to make ends meet until Louis and his six siblings each established their own careers. Louis had to discontinue his education in high school, and became a toolmaker. In 1942, he married Dorina Pacini in Toronto. There, he and his brothers, established the Brutoco Tool Company, which produced parts for the military in WWII, as well as innovative, vastly popular appliances which he patented in Canada and the U.S. In 1951, he moved to Covina, with the intention of retiring in the Golden State. Instead, the brothers operated a 1.5-million-hen egg ranch, then built the Covina and Anaheim Bowls. These iconic buildings contained businesses that were unprecedented for the 1950's, in offering a complete family recreation center complemented by such services as child care, hair styling, fine dining, and nightclub-style entertainment, including such Las Vegas acts like Rowan & Martin, Vicki Carr, Liberace, The Smothers Brothers. Business activities more recently have involved real estate development projects - generally in association with his children - in Orange County, the San Gabriel Valley, and Big Bear. Mr. Brutocao played a major role in building Sacred Heart Church, Covina, and was instrumental in establishing Queen of the Valley Hospital, West Covina. He provided key support for Covina's Inter-Community Medical Center, Manresa Retreat House in Azusa, and Life-Savers Foundation of America. The major faculty award at the University of Santa Clara is named in his honor: the Louis & Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2006, the University of Notre Dame dedicated a sculpture entitled In Celebration of Family, in honor of the Brutocao family. Mr. Brutocao first served on the Covina City Council in 1972, and was elected Mayor two years later. Mayor Brutocao successfully brought back an opening prayer to Council meetings, with a verse written specifically for elected officials. In 1976, Mr. Brutocao ran a tough race for Congress, in the 33rd district, a race he narrowly lost to the incumbent Democrat. In the subsequent election, Brutocao provided key support to a young protege, David Dreier - who has represented the district continuously for the past 28 years. Brutocao operated restaurants in the East San Gabriel Valley, including the popular Crushed Grape, in West Covina. Brutocao's wife Dorina was afflicted with colon cancer in 1980, and Mr. Brutocao immediately devoted himself to her care for her final three years. In his later years, he became a frequent worldwide traveler, with trips to Italy, France; China; Canada; Alaska; Hawaii; Germany; Poland, Hungary; The Holy Land; Notre Dame, Indiana; Colorado Springs; New Orleans, Florida; Ireland, and New Zealand - all in the past decade. A man of strong faith and conviction, Brutocao was active in the Catholic Church throughout his entire life, including membership in Legatus and the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. Just two years ago, Brutocao traveled to Lourdes, France, with the Knights of Malta, as a volunteer escorting gravely ill patients across the Atlantic to the famous shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. His own cancer was found less than one year later. The funeral Mass will be held at the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, on Sept 30 at 10 a.m. His body will be interred in a private service on October 1, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, in Rowland Heights. Mr. Brutocao is survived by his seven children and their spouses (Ric and Michelle Brutocao, Laguna Hills; Rinaldo and Lalla Brutoco, Oj91010


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