Just on the heals of finding out that the Arlington Theater in Arlington Heights shut their doors, I find out that the AMF Bowling Alley in Rolling Meadows has shut down as well.
The Arlington Theater, which closed due to a failure to reach a new lease deal, was one of my favorite hangout spots in the area. It was a great, cheap place to see a movie. My partner and I could both watch a movie there for less than $20.00 (including popcorn and drinks before 6:00 p.m.).
The AMF Bowling Alley closed due to income reasons.
Since the Rolling Meadows downtown area now consists mostly of just Jewel-Osco, McDonald's, and a Dollar Store, the loss of the AMF Bowling Alley is not a surprise. I hardly ever saw cars there. Unfortunately, what little traffic it did generate is now gone, and the local struggling businesses will just struggle more.
On the other hand, considering that the Arlington Theater is right in the middle of what seems like a sprawling downtown area in Arlington Heights, it will be interesting to see what effect the loss of all that foot traffic will have on the many local businesses immediately around the abandoned theater building.
Let us just hope that both Rolling Meadows and Arlington Heights are already on the move to fill these vacant buildings as quickly as possible. Rolling Meadows needs to get something in that will draw more people into the area. Arlington Heights needs to make sure that its' very own downtown area does not go the way of cities like Rolling Meadows.
Though Rolling Meadows is great small community, if you drive southeast on Kirchoff, you will notice that now the right-hand side of the road is widely taken up by empty condominiums, a now empty bowling alley, and a huge empty mall area. Hopefully, Arlington Heights can prevent their downtown area from becoming a similar eyesore.
Unfortunately, until both cities figure out what to do, their citizens are left having to go elsewhere to spend their money and seek entertainment.