Here’s a unique and fascinating holiday gift idea! THS member STEVE LIEBOWITZ sent us this note.
As a member of the Theatre Historical Society since the 1980’s, I can only commend the fantastic job they have done in regard to preserving the remaining classic theatres that are left in the US. As a devoted historian, I have tons of material and photos that I have collected through the years concerning the theatre histories of all major US cities.
However, I also am a student of show business, from vaudeville to the end of the Golden Age of nightclubs in the early 1970’s. I became obsessed with Atlantic City’s famous Steel Pier years ago and have devoted almost 15 years to the research of this incredible entertainment complex, the likes which will never be seen again. In the midst of this research about the Diving Horse, rock and roll bands, the big bands, vaudeville, exhibits, etc.—there were the theatres, of which there were three. The Steel Pier extended three quarters of a mile out into the Atlantic Ocean from Atlantic City’s boardwalk. For one price of a few dollars, one could see three and later two movies as well as the activities I just mentioned.
From this extensive research, I wrote a fairly new book entitled “STEEL PIER, ATLANTIC CITY: SHOWPLACE OF THE NATION” which lays out the entire history of the Pier from 1898 through its demise in 1978. It covers the Casino, Music Hall, and Ocean/Midway theatres extensively as well as the movies and entertainers that played there. Although it is not an exclusive story of just the theatres, anyone who is into the “old” Atlantic City and the icon that Steel Pier was would enjoy this 260-page book with over 230 photos. It’s been selling quite well and I’d like to throw this out there for anyone who has never known about these three theatres in question.
Perfect for a holiday gift, check it out at
FOLLOW UP NOTE FROM KAREN:
This book is available from Amazon.com so THS asks that you kindly go to our website, www.historictheatres.org, click on the Amazon link to browse and order from there. Remember that a small commission goes to THS if browsing and ordering is done via our link. Plus FREE SHIPPING on most orders over $25. At this time of year we enjoy a nice little return from all the holiday browsing and shopping. So Thank You for your consideration in using the THS link!