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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Atlantic City's Silent Films, canceled by hurricane

 This weekend I visited Atlantic City to see the Silent Films at Boardwalk Hall. This year's showing was canceled at the last minute, due to weather.

Unfortunately, many who were going were not notified in time, and were stuck with existing hotel reservations and travel plans that could not be rescheduled.
Despite the gloomy forecast, the weather was quite nice upon our arrival. It's obvious that many travelers stayed away. I heard there were only five rooms occupied at the Claridge hotel when I checked in.

 Lyn Van Noy was also traveling up for the Silent Films this weekend, so he and I met up for breakfast at the 1920's themed resturant on the 6th floor, appropriately named "The Twenties".
It was a quiet weekend in AC with little to no entertainment options. 

Luckily we got tickets to one of the only running shows in town, Steven Scott at the Borgota.

There were several DC travelers who made the trip for the movie, including patrons of the arts: Mark Vendemia and Helen Fiori, who were generous enough to provide us tickets.

It was also fun spending the day on the Boardwalk, and touring the historic 2nd floor of the Resorts, where a few hints of the hotel's original architecture still glimmer.
My good friend, Bruce, has a long time connection to this building, as his family owned the property during its heyday, back when it operated as the Chfonte-Haddon Hall. Much of the Resorts Casino has been modernized after the 1970's but if one looks closely,
Vintage corridors can be spotted here and there.

It was fun touring Haddon Hall at the Resorts, but it was even nicer to stay at the Calridge, which is experiencing. complete retro-renovation to bring back its 1920's reputation for elegance. Rebecca Gentry and I had a swell time playing "Hollywood" at this location last year. 

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