|For 64 years, on 72
acres of land, stood a magical place known to all Chicagoans as
Riverview Park. For 25 years now it has been gone but the visions it
conjures up of the `Bobs“, the `Fireball“, `Aladdin's Castle“ and
the `Pair-O-Chutes“ to name a few rides, are indelibly etched in our
memories. Do you remember the `Flying Turns“ and the `Shoot the
Chutes?“ How about the great Riverview `Carousel?“
Well, in this exciting film,
Riverview Park - Kingdom of Magic, all of the great rides and good
times live again. Through crystal clear color footage, you can take
the ride in the front seat of the `Bobs“ again and again. You'll
climb and soar downward on the `Pair-O-Chutes“ and watch the `Flying
Turns“ whiz through their wooden trough.
The two men directly responsible
for preserving history and for stopping time for all of Chicago are
Clarence Hintze and George Berbert. These two Chicago friends
visited and filmed at Riverview between 1956 and 1967, capturing
forever most of Riverview's great rides. Said George Berbert
recently, "With Chicago being built up, we feel that it would be
just a matter of time before Riverview would eventually close, too.
Nothing lasts forever."
On Labor Day in 1967 Riverview did
close -- without fanfare and farewell. Thanks to the file efforts of
Clarence and George, however, you can return to Riverview . . . the
kingdom of magic . . . and never have to leave again.