Thunderbolt (1925 roller coaster)

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Inactive Thunderbolt in 1995
Coney Island
Coordinates40°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
Opening date1925 (1925)
Closing date1982 (1982)
General statistics
DesignerJohn A. Miller
Height86 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 remained standing until it was demolished in 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 bears no resemblance to the old one, as the new version is made of steel and uses a completely different design.

In popular culture[edit]

It was featured briefly in Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall as the boyhood home of Alvy Singer (Allen's character).[1] The house was a real residence, built in 1895 as the Kensington Hotel. The roller coaster was constructed with part of its track scaling the top of the 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.

In the 1998 movie He Got Game, Spike Lee features the coaster in its dilapidated state.


  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. ^ "The House under the Roller Coaster by Steve Zeitlin". Archived from the original on 2002-04-26.
  5. ^ Tim Donnelly (July 28, 2013). "Life Under the Thunderbolt". New York Post. Retrieved October 15, 2013.