The American Experience: Season 3, Episode 11

Coney Island (4 Feb. 1991)

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The film explores the beginnings of America's first amusement park and takes us through its good times all the way up to its end. The show was originally produced for PBS's American Experience.

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The film explores the beginnings of America's first amusement park and takes us through its good times all the way up to its end. The show was originally produced for PBS's American Experience.

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The ups and downs of America's first amusement park.


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Under the Boardwalk
Written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick
Performed by The Drifters
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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Brings Coney Island to Life
7 October 2003 | by (Bow, NH) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite documentaries! As someone raised in Northern, NJ, I grew up with the stories and memories of relatives who visited Coney Island in its heyday. It was really interesting to get a feel for what it was like for someone in the first half of the 20th Century to go to Coney Island. This documentary achieves that. It also provides some interesting comments on social changes, and how Coney Island relfected them, in the US over 50+ years. A very enjoyable film with a bit of melancholy over what was lost when Coney Island began to fade in importance.


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