Stuck in a time warp to a by-gone era, Blatt Billiards is a rare find for someone looking for old-world craftsmanship in our modern, fast-paced, computer controlled world. Blatt's craftsmen create works of art that are not duplicated, using a combination of new and old equipment, some of which are tools made by hand for specific tasks.
It was the roaring twenties; the money and the speakeasy-booze were flowing as freely as the Colorado river. F. Scott Fitzgerald was soaking up the nightlife that would later become the cornerstone of his master- piece. And New York City had more than 2,000 pool hall parlors. That was the era into which Blatt Billiards was born. In 1923, the company began crafting pool cues and billiard balls by hand, establishing the foundation of the company that is now known throughout the world as the finest manufacturer of handcrafted custom billiard tables.
In its early history, Blatt Billiards serviced and supplied the numerous New York area pool halls during the economic highs of the 1920’s and the lows that followed during the Great Depression. The company continued with a hard work ethic and watching their finances. Blatt Billiards was next put in a position to accumulate a vast collection of pool tables, bought from World War II bankrupted pool hall owners
The company helped its loyal customers stay in business during the rough times by cleaning and reversing the surface cloth – for a fee of five bucks, payable over time, if need be. Because the loss of the male customer base brought on by the war caused most of New York’s pool halls to close Blatt Billiards was in a position to accumulate a vast collection of pool tables bought from bankrupt poolroom owners.
It was during these rough times, that the company accumulated the largest collection of antique pool tables in the world. Blatt Billiards restored and sold these refurbished masterpieces by sticking with quality construction techniques. These quality techniques, mastered by experienced craftsman, were constantly passed over by others for quick construction solutions. From these moments on, Blatt Billiards would continually use the best practices in manufacturing to stay ahead of the industry. Blatt Billiard designs, builds, and delivers their pool tables all over the world.
In 2014, Blatt Billiards opened its newest store at 330 West 38th street and moved its manufacturing to Wood-Ridge, New Jersey. Its new, larger New York showroom displays 65 pool tables, including antique tables, Blatt’s own custom crafted tables, the new Blatt Broadway semi-custom lineup, and the largest selection of pool cues from the finest makers in the country. Furthermore, there is also a larger selection of Brunswick pool tables. Blatt is in fact, the 2nd oldest Brunswick retailer in America. It is Brunswick that established the billiard business in America in 1845; and many of the antique tables that Blatt owns are old masterpieces manufactured by Brunswick in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The new West-side store features an exclusive collection of museum quality lighting fixtures, perfect for the most discriminating billiard room.
Blatt’s new state of the art manufacturing in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey enables the company to create its treasures more efficiently, while using the same time honored techniques that have distinguished Blatt Billiards from all others. Also at the Wood-Ridge facility is Blatt’s warehouse housing nearly 3,000 antique pool tables, new pool tables and a company retail store.
Architects, designers and connoisseurs of the game have been acquiring the finest pool tables from us for more than 91 years.