Bowling Alleys & Skating Rinks

Elite Recreation

Elite Recreation was a Black-owned bowling alley at 2111 East 96th Street. In 1941, a white bowling-alley operator, Art Loew, bought a sixteen-year-old auto garage and turned it into Elite Recreation with the promise to welcome African American bowlers. Loew promised to hire Black unionized workers. After three years he sold it to Roland Boyce, a Black entrepreneur, in 1944.

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  • Douglass, Bud. “April Opening Startles Keglers Who Had Given Up Hope of New Alleys.” Call & Post. March 1, 1941.
  • “Elite Alleys Get Building Started.” Call & Post. April 19. 1941.
  • “Elite Alleys Negro-Owned.” Call & Post. July 15, 1944.
2111 E 96th St, Cleveland, OH

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