The Casino building where my parents danced was at the end of the Old Orchard Pier. All the big bands of the golden '40s era played here. I saw this colossal building as a youngster and I think they even had miniature golf in there at the time. The building was later deemed unsound and dismantled in 1970, and the pier itself was demolished by the great winter storm of 1978. But like other casualties of natural disasters and fire in Old Orchard, the pier was eventually rebuilt, even if the Casino is but a fond memory of romantic moonlit nights when couples swayed to the crooning of Rudy Vallee. In the 30s and 40s, the landscape of Old Orchard Beach was similar to the view shown in this panorama.
The earliest organized amusement park was probably Sea Side Park with its main entrance on Imperial Street.

The park had a version of the Steeplechase horse race ride and a scenic railway, but the attraction we'd have been interested in was the House Of Trouble, a large circular maze with a roof open to the daylight. The park opened in 1902 and lasted until 1924.
The Forest Pier Hotel constructed a funhouse inside a section of its building. (Every hotel should do that).

The result was the Temple Of Fun.
It operated until 1923 when the hotel burned down. That event cleared the way for a brand new attraction to take its place in 1924: Noah's Ark.
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