Astoria has yet another claim to fame, this time in a CNN travel section article, “America’s best old-school bowling alleys,” which extols the glories of Lower Columbia Bowl, 826 Marine Drive (http://tinyurl.com/lowerbowl).
“You may recognize this bowling alley from the opening scene of the famous cult film, ‘The Goonies,’ where Chunk smears pizza on the window,” the article says (pictured in a screenshot from the Warner Bros. film’s credits).
“Originally built in 1946 as a car dealership and garage, it was turned into a bowling alley in 1956. Hand-painted murals of Astoria and the Columbia River on the alley walls pay homage to the town’s working waterfront. Visitors can have a bowling ball custom fit by the same pro who has worked there for 39 years and pick out old-school bags and shoes ...”
Lower Columbia Bowl’s response, posted on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lcbowl): “Woohoo! Astoria is famous for more than just beer!” Indeed.
— Elleda Wilson