My years of "LIVING" in the Panhandle of Florida range between 1970 and 1990. So many things have changed. When we were in Panama City in 2000, it had grown so much, hardly recognized it. I'm sure it's even more so now! Some of my favorite places from way back then don't even EXIST any more!!
- The Picture Show: burned (I worked here. It was VERY COOL!! You could have dinner and a show all in one place. There were tables on tiers and during the previews and waitress would come to your table to take your order. They had subs, pizza, regular theater stuff like candy, popcorn and drinks... They'd bring it right to YOU!)
- The Treasure Ship: burned (I ate here multiple times)
- Miracle Strip Amusement Park: sold and demolished (My summer entertainment... A visit to dad's wasn't complete without going to Miracle Strip! In the clip, you'll see a big devil head and snow creature. These were the COOLEST! LITERALLY!! It would be SO HOT and muggy outside. You'd get in here and it's air conditioned. There was an awesome ride in each. The lights would go out during the ride and there'd be a light show to music during the ride. LOVED IT!)
- Captain Anderson II Dinner Cruise (Funny thing, the CAPTAIN's last name was really Henderson, I think they retired because I can't find any current info on it. There was a band, a bar, you'd go on a sunset/evening cruise for 3 hrs where you'd have an elegant dinner, dancing, and lounging on the deck to see the sites!)
One attraction that IS STILL THERE is Shipwreck Island!! If/When I get my family back there... you can bet one day will be spent at Shipwreck Island!! They will LOVE IT!!