March 30, 2005

Java Lanes Photographs

In case you missed it the first time, the photo exhibition "Lost", which catalogues the pre-demolition of the Java Lanes Bowling Center, is coming to Long Beach.

Java Lanes by CieloPhotography.comErected in 1958, Java Lanes was designed by the architectural firm of DeRosa, Daly & Powers. It was the very last authentic Polynesian style bowling center in Southern California. The bowling alley's swirling neon 'BOWL' sign is also a stunning example of the postwar Googie style. Java Lanes was the sister bowling center to the 1958 Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa, which was demolished in 2003.

For many years, the facility was the home of the exotic Lava Lounge, one of the city's largest entertainment venues. Renewal of the venue's live entertainment permit was denied by the Long Beach City Council in July 2002. In February 2004, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved a zone change for the property, which allowed Brookfield Homes of Costa Mesa to construct 79 condominiums on the Java Lane site.

Efforts to preserve the landmark structure proved unsuccessful.

Java Lanes by CieloPhotography.comThe BOWL sign was disassembled and moved to a lot near The Pike in Long Beach at the time of Java Lane's demolition. It was scheduled to be restored and put on display at the New Pike at Rainbow Harbor near the GameWorks center.

The exhibit "Lost" will consist of black & white emulsion on canvas, traditional black & white photographs, and color SX-70 Polaroid originals. The photographs will be on display and for sale in Long Beach at Rocketlogos Gallery April 9 - 23, 2005. Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 6-10p (during the East Village monthly Artwalk).

Cielo Roth-Calderon is an up and coming photographer. She graduated from UCSB with a BA in Art Studio (Emphasis in Photography). Her latest project was the cover for the retrospective DVD for the alternative rock band Weezer. She was born in Hollywood and lives in Long Beach. This is her first solo exhibition.

You can read more about the artist and the "Lost" exhibition in the article "Gone But Not Forgotten" by Jenny Bryant at

Rocketlogos Gallery is located at 326 Elm Street in Long Beach, California between 3rd and 4th Street in the East Village Arts District (East of Long Beach Blvd). For more information, sample images, and directions to the event, visit:

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