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Frank
Frank "DaBarbr" Almanza
Pool Room
Upland, CA




2003 APA Triple Play Championship
"Three California Amigos"
Frank Almanza, Jose Garcia and Elias Valles
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2004 APA National Singles Championship
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2005 - 17th Annual Best New Rooms and
Architecture and Design Awards

The Barber's Shop
Featured in Billiards Digest (Nov 2005)

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Frank Almanza Pool Room

A custom form fitted table cover made of crushed velour with the name
Centennial embroided on it. No folding needed. Just ball it up and tuck it away.
It becomes about the size of a gallon container of milk.




Frank Almanza Pool Room




Frank Almanza Pool Room

I added this drawer to the table to hold my accessories.
Chalk, tappers, scuffers, brushes, towels and what have you.




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Frank Almanza Pool Room

My table was missing the bridge holder and after a lengthy search I finally found one and refinished it.
Now I am proud to say the table looks complete as it should.




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Because the ball return is in the darkest part of the room I decided to add lights.
Low voltage puck lights in the tray and tape lights for the ball rack section.
Power was provided by fishing a wire under the carpet. A divider was
added for playing one pocket. The separator can be raised
up in a matter of a couple of seconds.




Frank Almanza Pool Room
The custom pool table light to fit the style of the
Brunswick Centennial Table was built by Tom Cavalti.




Frank Almanza Pool Room
I added this Rock-Ola cd jukebox to my room for the entertainment of my guests.
Nice soft music adds to the comfort and relaxation
while playing your favorite games.




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Frank Almanza Pool Room
A working pay phone from the time period set for free calls
of course and painted to the colors of the room.




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Frank Almanza Pool Room

Charlie Brown cartoon depicting as to how the term "the Barbette"
came to be in relation to the Barber.




Frank Almanza Pool Room
This is me standing next to a metal sculpture
on the wall titled "The Hustler" depicting a billiard scene.
A work of art created by Artisan House Sculptures.




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Frank Almanza Pool Room
This print of Willie Mosconi celebrates his high run of 526 balls in straight pool.
A record established over fifty years ago and still stands today. This print with his autograph
is #98 of 526. There is a small photograph inserted at the bottom of him signing it. Next to it
is an autographed photo of him addressing a picture to the barber. Below the print is a digital
score keeper I built that operates manually or remotely from any part of the room.




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Frank Almanza Pool Room
This cue rack was originally a smoking stand from the 1930's.
I converted it to hold four cues. It is a combination of chrome and polished aluminum.





Frank Almanza Pool Room
After a few years I decided I needed a ball polisher. I wanted something that would fit into
my room without a distracting look, so I decided to mate it to the cue rack. The cabinet was built
by Kent Davis, the talented cue maker from KD Cues. The inner workings, using a gear motor, were by
James Carey, a retired firefighter and talented pool player from Orange County, Ca.




Frank Almanza Pool Room
A picture of The Barber and The barbette (my wife), created by Rixx Pics in Arizona.
Above the picture is one of two satellite speakers built to mimic the design
of the Rock-Ola jukebox. Neon lights can be set to strobe when
the room is in a party mode.




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Frank Almanza Pool Room

Naturally a barber pole was needed to complete the theme of the room.
The barber chair is in the other side of the room.




Frank Almanza Pool Room

These giant pools balls were given to me years ago and I finally found a place to display them.
I turned the top of this cocktail table over and simulated a pool table setting inside
complete with a cue ball and rope lighting. A tempered glass top was added to complete the display.




Frank Almanza Pool Room

A combination of the movies The Color of Money, and The Hustler in black and white.
Notice the Barber in the middle of the picture coming through the door
and looking for a game. This picture was by Tom Cavalti.




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Barber-Speaks
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Level Cue

How do you look at the table

The Winning Shot!

Crossroads

What? Me play safe?

Who's your Daddy?

Are You a Straight Shooter?

Fool Rush In

Who's The Best

Is The Force With You?

Craftsman




Da Barber-Carlos
During a fun Saturday afternoon of shooting pool with his friend Carlos,
Frank came up with this fun idea of making this site. So with Carlos', help
here are the results... Hope you all enjoy it...