Thunderbolt (1925 roller coaster)

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Inactive Thunderbolt in 1995
Coney Island
Coordinates 40°34′26″N73°58′57″W / 40.57389°N 73.98250°W / 40.57389; -73.98250 Coordinates: 40°34′26″N73°58′57″W / 40.57389°N 73.98250°W / 40.57389; -73.98250
Opening date1925 (1925)
Closing date1982 (1982)
General statistics
Type Wood
Designer John 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. Designed by John Miller, [1] it operated from 1925 until 1982 and remained standing until it was demolished in 2000. [2] [3]

In June 2013, it was announced that a new steel roller coaster would be constructed on Coney Island named the Thunderbolt. [4] The steel coaster opened in 2014 and uses a completely different design. [5]

It was featured briefly in Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall as the boyhood home of Alvy Singer (Allen's character). [2] 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. [6] [7]

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.

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