Bally’s to Start ‘Boardwalk Empire’-Inspired Tours, Drink Specials.
Here’s a sneak peek from Ray Schweibert’s weekly nightlife column for our Nov. 18, 2010 edition, regarding Bally’s’ new, free walking tour “that blends elements of Bally’s’ Beaux Arts architecture with historic artifacts, photographs, classic cocktails and more.”:
“Most of the majestic hotels that graced Atlantic City’s Prohibition-era skyline have faded into oblivion — like the Ambassador, the Breakers, the Brighton, the St. Charles, the Marlborough-Blenheim and others.
“Two still flourishing are tied to the same property, Bally’s at Park Place and the Boardwalk, and this unique link to the city’s past as an original seaside resort sort of gives Bally’s sovereign status amid the hoopla created by HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
“Bally’s’ annexed Dennis and Claridge hotels have both undergone multi-million-dollar restoration projects prior to the TV series’ start. That, coupled with their historic stature, helped hatch the notion for a 1920s-’30s-themed walking history tour that will likely be launched this weekend.
“‘Bally’s has a lot of historic buildings and different historic parts to it, so we thought the history’s here, we have the room to do this, and it just seems so right and legitimate to do it at Bally’s,’ says Erin Chamberlin, vice president of marketing for Bally’s and its Harrah’s Entertainment sister property, Caesars. …”
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