House of Billiards - Santa Monica Ca

baby huey

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I just learned that the HOB in Santa Monica will NOT be opening its doors when the Covid Shutdown is lifted. It was a great One Pocket Room for many years. Its been open continously since about 1963. It was the home room for Wayne Pullen and Ritchie Griener.
 

mr3cushion

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Sorry to hear this! I'll give Keone a call a little later to see if he has some detailed info, since it's been his home room forever.
 

beatle

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thats too bad. but for a pool room to do well in this new age you must have other things to bring in customers and money other than pool table time. which now needs to be a minor part of your profits. if you cant adapt to that you are doomed to a slow death.
 

12squared

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So sorry to hear this. It was a great one pocket room and had some 3-cushion tables as well. Dam CoViD - grrrr

Mr. Huey, what are your plans for your room? I hope you will be OK.
 

mr3cushion

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Just got off the phone with Keone, (Mr Woo). He says it's still up in the air officially. He said he heard someone purchased the entire block where SMB is, who knows?
 

Bob Jewett

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The problem is location, of course. HoB has the footprint of about 10 townhouses each worth a million. It's hard to justify a pool hall on that land. A similar thing happened to the second California Billiards location in Mountain View, which turned into luxury apartments/medium term rentals.
 

boingo

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The end of an era. Watching those golf games on the snooker table during the early 80's was quite an education for a young player.
 

lfigueroa

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I just learned that the HOB in Santa Monica will NOT be opening its doors when the Covid Shutdown is lifted. It was a great One Pocket Room for many years. Its been open continously since about 1963. It was the home room for Wayne Pullen and Ritchie Griener.


Well, that's sad.

Lou Figueroa
 

Scrzbill

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Eagles Rest, Wa
I love HOB. The first time I walked in I got a decent game with Wayne. Then others. I found my place in the pecking order the proper way of course but never did I feel any game was out of line. Biggest problem I had was the drive back to where I stayed in Monterey Park. An hours drive with no traffic. Let’s see what happens when the plague is over if ever.
 
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