An iconic Cambridge bowling alley is shutting down this month after 75 years

Lanes & Games has been a part of the Cambridge landscape for decades, greeting thousands of commuters on Route 2 as they head to and from the suburbs, and serving as a home for bowlers young and old, amateur and pro.

That’s all coming to an end on Aug. 13.

“August 12th & 13th will be the last weekend that Lanes & Games is opened,” reads a post on the alley’s Facebook page. “We hope to see everyone again before and during that time.”

According to The Boston Globe, the well-known property has housed a bowling alley since 1942, when Turnpike Bowladrome opened, making it only the second above-ground bowling alley in Massachusetts. The property was purchased by its current owners, brothers John and Tony Martignetti, in the 1980s, who rebranded it Lanes & Games.


According to reporting by Wicked Local Cambridge, the brothers have decided they want to retire, and have sold the property to Criterion Development Partners. BLDUP reports that Criterion plans to build 320 apartments on the lot.

“The [Martignetti] family made a decision; they’re tired,” said Criterion consultant Rich McKinnon at a North Cambridge Stabilization Committee meeting last summer, per Wicked Local. “They want to retire, they don’t want to run it anymore, and the next generation doesn’t want to run it anymore.”

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