The Kursaal story told in archive film
footage and photographs with reminiscences from people who worked there and visited it in
From the early days when Bernard
Tollhurst first opened the Marine Park in 1894, through the exciting years when the
Morehouse family made the Kursaal famous around the world. Right up to the purchase of the
derelict buildings in 1994 by Southend Council. From the smallest side show to the huge
Cyclone roller coaster, the South's greatest amusement park is brought to life in this
excellent video documentary. This is the fascinating story of the first hundred years of
the Kursaal Amusement Park and Gardens.
This DVD also features:
The One Bright Spot: A
10-minute extract taken from the Vidia production Southend Memories
2. The One Bright Spot sketches over the history of the Kursaal with
new pictures and archive film as well as showing the restoration of
the Kursaal buildings and the grand opening night firework display.
New owner Alan Stack is interviewed in the newly restored Dome cafe
Let's All Go To The Kursaal:
A 60-minute audio presentation telling the story of the Kursaal in
greater depth than the video. It features extensive interviews with
some of the original travellers who set up sideshows there at the
beginning of the last century. The sound effects are authentic
recordings made in the 1950s.
We've All Been to the Kursaal:
A further hour-long audio presentation centring on the rides and the
famous Kursaal Ballroom.
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