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The first boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ built around 1890 and
ran through the intersection of 9th and Ocean Ave. Over time, it was rebuilt closer
and closer to the ocean. Today's boardwalk (the fifth at 9th Street) was built in
1928 after a very large fire in October of 1927.
Before the 1927 fire, the boardwalk was very much developed,
but sat 300 feet east of where it is today. The pre-1928 boardwalk was built in the
In the early 1920's, several theatres lined the
boardwalk: The Plaza, the Hippodrome Pier, the Uno, the (old) Strand, the Moorlyn,
Doughty's Pier, and the Park. (Today, only the Moorlyn Theatre remains.)
Below are some scenes of the turn of the century boardwalk.
The old Music Pier (left)
sits across from the Moorlyn Bowling Casino (right). Circa 1905
A small crowd gathers in front of the music pier (right) and the Moorlyn Theatre
(left). Early 1920's
Faunce's Theatre (later the Plaza Theatre) was between 9th and 10th street. Sometime
A later view of the Boardwalk (early 1920's) showing the Plaza Theatre.
Almost the same scene, shown on a colorized postcard postmarked 1930.
Another group mugs for the camera at Ninth Street. On the right is the Hippodrome
Pier, which included arcades and a theatre.
Another shot of the Hippodrome Pier at Ninth Street. 1925
The Park Theatre, which burned in the 1930's.
The original Music Pier
at Moorlyn Terrace. It was moved north about 4 blocks after the 1927 fire, and then burned
down in the mid-1960's.