Bowling alley buzzing about new arcade

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WALLA WALLA — From alley to arcade: Second Avenue bowling center Stardust Lanes has converted a few of its lanes into a state-of-the-art game attraction.

The business will host a grand opening of its new arcade today at 330 S. Second Ave. Stardust Lanes opens at noon and though typically closed by 9 p.m. Sundays will remain open depending on how busy it is, said Manager Ray Davis.

Part of the celebration will include 99-cent bowling, Davis said. Everything else will be half off.

The arcade has been in the works for weeks with the transition of four bowling lanes. A soft opening took place last week, Davis said.

Owner Russ Hunt wanted to offer other activities for kids and bolster the leaner summer months by providing new indoor activities, Davis said.

The arcade includes a 42-inch screen for the classic Pac-Man game and also features redemption games, which provide tickets that can be exchanged for prizes.

The games are all computerized, rather than coin-operated. Money is applied onto a game card — much like a gift or credit card. Each game has a swipe insert. The cards are reloadable.

Davis said the 28 games are designed to expand options at the bowling center.

“The idea was to give the kids the option of bowling and being at an arcade at the same time,” he said. “In bowling, parents often have a hard time getting baby sitter. They can bring the kids down, let them play in the arcade — it’s the best of two worlds.”

The arcade will be in place for a two-year period. The hope during that period is to raise enough money to expand the facility and add more offerings.

For more information on the transition or today’s event, call 525-3536.

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