By Its Dome It's Known: The Story of the Kursaal Amusement Park and Gardens
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Release Date: 2004
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Running Time:
42 minutes
Vidia Productions

The Kursaal story told in archive film footage and photographs with reminiscences from people who worked there and visited it in its heyday.

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.

Special Features

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 area.

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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