A longtime bowling alley in Lehighton has gone high-tech.
Fritz’s Lanes & Pro Shop, 100 S. Second St., recently revamped its bowling scoring system.
Owners Dennis and Beverly Fritzinger added a Qubica/AMF system.
Other upgrades include colored bowling lighting, cosmic bowling and different light shows, plus automatic bumpers.
“We updated the old system, which was from 1993,” Dennis said. “He lived his course; no one repaired the boards anymore.
Easy-Touch screens are now on the consoles at the ball return, and several 55-inch overhead monitors.
There’s even a selfie camera for bowlers to take pictures of themselves and put them on the screen as an image or background.
The job took about two weeks and was done by contractors from Texas, West Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Lancaster.
Beverly said the equipment had become obsolete.
“It was time to step into the 21st century,” Beverly said. “Business is better (since COVID-19).”
The couple said they paid for the improvements with a loan from Mauch Chunk Trust Company.
“Everyone likes it,” Beverly said. “The mouths of league bowlers dropped (when they saw the improvements).”
The couple said they took over the old bowling alley from Ashley Lanes in 1996; then bought it in 1999.
Before that it was The Park Cinema, before being turned into a bowling alley in 1961, as Park Lanes, then Scott Lanes, then Ashley Lanes.
Beverly said she made changes to strengthen what is already a solid business.
“We love the sport and want it to continue for the community,” she said. “It’s not a job if you do what you love.”
In 2019 they laid out 10 synthetic lanes, and seats have since been added from the old Haja Lanes in Palmerton after it closed.
Beverly said they have picked up bowlers from Palmerton and Slatington since the recent closure of several local bowling alleys.
Dennis said they offer cosmic bowling from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as a light show.
He said they also have birthday parties for the kids on Fridays and Saturdays.
Although the leagues have been strong, they are looking for new members.
For more information, call 610-377-5022 or follow them on Facebook.
Fritz’s Lanes & Pro Shop is open 1-10 p.m. Monday, 6-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and 1-10 p.m. a.m. on Sunday.
Dennis Fritzinger, co-owner of Fritz’s Lanes & Pro Shop in Lehighton, uses the Easy-Touch screens on the consoles when the ball returns. The screens are part of several upgrades that were recently completed to make it more high-tech. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
Dennis and Beverly Fritzinger, owners of Fritz’s Lanes & Pro Shop. The Fritzingers recently redid their bowling scoring system.
Take a look at the new touch screens.