Fitting enough, then, that our first few frames of bowling at the new Moolah Lanes (314-446-6866) in the recently renovated Moolah building (3821 Lindell Boulevard) were complemented by "November Rain" rocking from the high-tech jukebox system. Below Ana Hartenbach's cool cityscape paintings, the roll-roll-roll-crash of the balls striking the pins provided the song with an extra drumbeat, and while "Rain" is no "Welcome to the Jungle," it did stamp a feeling of authenticity, a feeling of "real" to the newness of these -- ah, well-lit -- eight lanes. Drink some Moolah Brew, and experience some real bowling yourself from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday; games cost $4 to $5 per person, and shoe rental costs $3 -- even if GNR no longer rawks, new bowling shoes certainly do.
Later, when we moved upstairs, we discovered the beautiful and decidedly un-GNR part of the historic building: the balconied, 400-seat, single-screen Moolah Theatre (314-446-6806). You can enjoy the finer things here -- like martinis, wine and swe-ee-et plush leather couches -- as you watch one of this week's features ($5 to $8; visit www.stlouiscinema.com/moolah for shows and times). Even if you don't like the movie that's screening, the ever-changing, planetarium-esque lights on the theater's dome should keep you mesmerized. But know this to avoid Axl-like, camera-provoked annoyance: If you're attending a late show, don't expect drinks after the film. The lounge could be closed by then, especially on weekdays.