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The Last Ride of Pontchartrain Beach (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-09-09

Duration: 00:04:31

Subjects: Pontchartrain Beach (New Orleans, La.) | Amusement parks


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Bush, Charles Producer
  • Burgard, Jim Interviewee
  • Rhode, George Interviewee
  • Batt, Harry, Jr. Interviewee


This segment from the September 9, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on the upcoming closure of the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park in New Orleans. Host Ken Johnson reports that Pontchartrain Beach was sold to a developer in order to build condominiums. Ekings interviews ride operator Jim Burgard, general manager George Rhode, and owner Harry Batt, Jr. about the impending closure of the amusement park.