JANURAY 25, 2018
****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****
Bowl-O-Rama Announces New Ownership
The Genimatas family has entered into a sales agreement to sell the Lafayette Road bowling center to Bart and
Mary-Lynne Maderios. The sale will take place on February 1, 2018.
The new owners will take over management of the bowling center February 1. The Maderios family has been
active in candlepin bowling for many years. Bart was the coordinator of youth bowling at Pilgrim Lanes in
Haverhill, MA for many years and grew the program into a premier candlepin youth program. Under his
stewardship, the Pilgrim Lanes created an excellent league training program for youth bowlers and as a result
developed many excellent bowlers participating and competing today. The program also fostered ties with the
candlepin bowling centers in the Canadian Maritime Provinces making an annual trip to Nova Scotia to
compete in youth championship events.
The Bowl-O-Rama has been a Seacoast entertainment fixture for over 61 years and has hosted thousands of
birthday parties, family celebrations, charity fundraisers, school field trips, corporate events, holiday parties,
championship bowling tournaments and company and recreational bowling leagues since opening its doors in
Bill Genimatas opened the bowling center with his partners Ernest Marinos and Dr. Henry Robbins. The
partnership remained for over 30 years after which Bill Genimatas took over sole ownership. In 1976, a new
addition to the bowling center was added and the Scoreboard Sports Lounge was opened under the
management of long time Portsmouth restaurateur Ted Lilakos. The Scoreboard quickly became the go-to for
Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots fans and was the place to watch and celebrate NBA and NHL
championships, Super Bowls, World Series, March Madness and so many more championship events.
In the late 1980’s, along with his daughter Kathleen, son Nick and daughter-in-law Dale, the bowling center
was expanded adding additional candlepin lanes, game room, as well as the retail center known as Bowl-ORama
Plaza. The 50,000 sf retail center was sold to Todd Baker in 2015.
In 1968 Bowl-O-Rama was the site of the first women’s 200 game in candlepins bowled by Grace Pesaturo and
as the host for many Pro Tour events has seen many candlepin greats challenge the lanes including Stacia
Czernicki, Dot Petty, Tony Marie (Baldinelli) Brassard, Marcelle Aiken, Bette Pray, Charlie Jutras, Ralph Semb,
Rosario Lucheria, Tony Baldinelli, Dan Murphy, Gary Duffett, Tim Lipke, Tommy Olsta and many many more
candlepin greats. Bill’s daughter, Carol Miller and her doubles partner Bruce Syphers rolled a combined 10
string total of 1433 and Stasia Czernicki set the women’s 10 string record of 1388. Both records continue to
stand today. Local resident Tom Winslow recorded the highest game rolled at Bowl-O-Rama, a single game
score of 209.
As a founding member of the International Candlepin Bowling Association, the Bowl-O-Rama was selected to
be the site of the 1979 ICBA Youth Candlepin Championship and has hosted the annual event for 39 years
awarding over $25,000 in college scholarships to young bowlers throughout New England and the Maritime
Provinces of Canada.
In 2002, the family began the “Bill Genimatas Bowl-O-Rama Championship” and has hosted the annual spring
event each year honoring their father and has funded a Portsmouth Rotary Club College Scholarship in his
name annually since 2004 awarding $28,000 to Seacoast students since that time.
Working with property owner, Todd Baker, the Maderios family has plans for many innovative upgrades to the
bowling center. They will be adding additional entertainment options, state of the art changes to the center’s
electronics and bowling facilities, expanding the food and beverage facilities as well as growing the youth
bowling program through the “In-School Bowling Program”, “Kids Bowl Free”, as well as other national
programs they will introduce to the Seacoast.