The Long Way Home

December 5, 2010, 7:37 AM
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lost and found

Neville Rollerdrome is like walking into a ’70s time capsule. It’s been around since 1948, but it looks and smells exactly the same as when I skated there in junior high — wood paneling and floor polish, minus the smoking in the bathrooms. Wind Chimes truck stop was next door, which became a series of restaurants that could not survive the Reagan era. But the rink rolls on through the decades, and now you can skate to Justin Beiber and Katie Perry instead of Bon Jovi and ELO.

corner number two

snack bar

ms. pac man

lock up

ticket window

sparkle and glitter


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The orange plastic chairs, the atmosphere make me think of a bowling alley. But then again I have no concept of place where you went to roller skate. Everyone here was into ice skating. I did have strap-on roller skates when I was a kid, does that count?


Comment by eyegillian

On the other end of the island where the roller rink is (fun fact: the largest inhabited island in the Ohio River) there is an ice rink – but it’s indoors. I would love to be in a place where it’s cold enough to actually skate on a pond!


Comment by Lisa

Reminds me of Ches-a-rina. I haven’t been there since they started using it as a music venue.


Comment by liz

right across from the cheswick elephant, right? i thought they turned that place into a goodwill?


Comment by Lisa

Such great photos. Brilliant 🙂


Comment by shallowmallow

thank you, that’s nice to hear!


Comment by Lisa

They may play ELO on Sunday Night?

I love the disco ball, pic.


Comment by Allegheny Eats

Maybe. MAYBE ELO. More likely lots of Michael Jackson. And god help us – Bon Jovi.


Comment by Lisa

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