Thunderbolt (1925 roller coaster)

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This article is about the defunct wooden roller coaster. For the current steel roller coaster, see Thunderbolt (2014 roller coaster).
Coney Island
Coordinates 40°34′26″N 73°58′57″W / 40.57389°N 73.98250°W / 40.57389; -73.98250Coordinates: 40°34′26″N 73°58′57″W / 40.57389°N 73.98250°W / 40.57389; -73.98250
Status Closed, removed
Opening date 1925
Closing date 1982
General statistics
Type Wood
Designer John A. Miller
Height 86 ft (26 m)
Duration 1:20
Thunderbolt at RCDB
Pictures of Thunderbolt at RCDB

The Thunderbolt was a wooden roller coaster located at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. It operated from 1925 until 1982 and was finally demolished in autumn 2000.[1] It was designed by John Miller.[2] In June 2013, it was announced that a new steel roller coaster would be constructed on Coney Island named the Thunderbolt.[3] Although they share the same name, the new coaster will have no resemblance to the old one, as the new version is being made of all steel.

In popular culture[edit]

It was featured briefly in Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall[1] as the boyhood home of Alvy Singer (Allen's character). The house was a real residence, built in 1895 as the Kensington Hotel; the coaster was constructed atop this building.[4][5]

The indie rock/slowcore band Red House Painters 1993 album, Red House Painters (Rollercoaster) features a sepia toned photograph of the Thunderbolt as its cover art.

The last film to photograph the Thunderbolt was Requiem for a Dream.


  1. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Thunderbolt  (Coney Island - George Moran)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rutherford, Scott (2000) The American Roller Coaster, MBI Publishing Company, Wisconsin. ISBN 0760306893.
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Thunderbolt  (Luna Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Tim Donnelly (July 28, 2013). "Life Under the Thunderbolt". New York Post. Retrieved October 15, 2013.