Thunderbolt (Coney Island)
|Designer||John A. Miller|
|Height||86 ft (26 m)|
|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. It was designed by John Miller. In June 2013, it was announced that a new steel roller coaster would be constructed on Coney Island named the Thunderbolt. 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
It was featured briefly in Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall 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.
The last film to photograph the Thunderbolt was Requiem for a Dream.
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- Marden, Duane. "Thunderbolt (Luna Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- Tim Donnelly (July 28, 2013). "Life Under the Thunderbolt". New York Post. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
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