The building that the Portage and District Arts Centre sits, was once Portage la Prairie’s  “…most modern building”, housing the epic Delta Lanes 10-Pin Bowling Alley. Here’s a look from the Yosh Tashiro photo archive.

Construction

... featuring the world-famous Spare-More Spare-Selector

… featuring the world famous Spare-More Spare-Selector

Looking North over Delta Lanes during construction. Look to the top right, there's that building with Cafe on Prince long before the facelift.

Looking North over Delta Lanes during construction. Look to the top right, there’s that building with Cafe on Prince long before the facelift.

Apparently it was a cafe then too. Benny’s Lunch Bar. Conveniently located across from MacLeod’s.

The Pinsetters

The Amenities

...for all your bowling needs...

…for all your bowling needs…

A full service lunch counter.

A full service lunch counter.

... with the wait staff hiding... ;)

… with the wait staff hiding… ūüėČ

With tables by Fleetwood. I remember this turning into a video/pinball arcade area when the Bus Depot operated out of there.

With tables by Fleetwood.
I remember this turning into a video arcade area when the Bus Depot operated out of there.

All right, Lets go bowling!

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As with all Yosh photos, if you see an inaccuracy or can add insight to these pictures, please leave a comment and help us rebuild the lost history of Portage la Prairie.

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4 Responses

  1. beryleen kopen

    This was my first job..I was 15…coffee was ten cents…slim larson….rob rehill…rick kowerchuk..were top 10 pin bowlers in portage…in the back was where there was about 6 pin ball machines that was a very common gathering for most teenagers who thought they were somebody…Bill Gillespie..his son…morley bradford managed the bowling alley…shirely martin managed restaurant…it was also the bus depot at that time…i remember it getting broken into and getting finger printed..to eliminate me of course. …25 cent tip was a good tip!!
    It eventually became a restuarant owned by Beatrice Maxwell…she called it the ROLLING PIN..

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  2. Vaughn Mceachern

    If memory serves me the pool tables in the picture where from the basement area, these tables where used for overflow on busy days when the upstairs ones where full of players also you had to be 16 or over to play downstairs, Benny from the restaurant in the picture also ran the canteen in the arena which was right across the street mcleods was a little future down picture is deceiving

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  3. Jacki

    My mom used to babysit the kids in the basement while some mothers bowled. I was about 3 or 4 years old then. That was well over 40 years ago. I still remember a friend that I had there at that time–Deborah from Starbuck. There used to be a Pizza Place as part of the building too at some point. Love the blast from the past! Thank you.

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  4. TheDude

    Need another alley and establishment!!!! Would be awesome at the Safeway spot if you ask me…

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