A ball return and bench from the bowling alley in The Big Lebowski
Gramercy, 1998. Orange and cream Brunswick metal ball return unit with removable glass cover fitted on top; together with an curved plastic orange and cream plastic and metal four-seat bench. The ball return is marked "19/20" in chalk on the interior, corresponding to the number of the lane by The Dude's rival Jesus Quintana (John Turturro). These pieces were originally in the Hollywood Star Lanes bowling alley on Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles, where all of the film's bowling scenes were shot. The bowling alley opened in 1960 and the style of the bench is emblematic of that time period.
The Big Lebowski was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Jeff Bridges as a slacker caught up in a case of mistaken identity. The film was a commercial hit and has become a cult classic in the years since its release spawning the "Lebwowski Fest" which takes place in several U.S. cities each year and includes a bowling party.
Ball return: 91 x 37 x 26 in.; Bench: 78 1/2 x 28 x 31 in.