HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Recreates the Atlantic City of the 1920s

What's New — By melodymoser on September 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Tonight, travel back to the Atlantic City of the 1920s as the premiere episode of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire debuts.

Set at the dawn of Prohibition when gangsters, feds and flappers called Atlantic City their home, this new HBO series traces Atlantic City’s storied political history through the roaring 1920s. The series will take viewers into the shady world of Prohibition-era Atlantic City, where crooked politicians, mobsters and government agents battled to control the illegal liquor trade.

Loosely inspired by the book Boardwalk Empire:  The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Hammonton-based historian Nelson Johnson, the new series is produced by Martin Scorsese, penned by The Sopranos screenwriter Terrence Winter, and stars Steve Buscemi as rising gangster Enoch “Nucky” Thompson.

Boardwalk Hall in the 1920s

By the early 1920s, Atlantic City had become a popular convention destination.

The town earned it’s moniker “America’s Playground” in the decadent 1920s. Visitors to Atlantic City will have the opportunity to experience a variety of promotions in the spirit of Boardwalk Empire and in roaring 20s style.

For starters,  28 Atlantic City-area restaurants are offering “Prohibition Priced Menus” of two- or three-course meals for $19.20, and select venues will serve Boardwalk Empire-themed cocktails featuring Canadian Club Whisky.

Additional promotions and a variety of Boardwalk Empire events are planned through October. Here are the highlights:

  • At 7 pm tonight head to the Circus Maximus Theatre at Caesars Atlantic City where local historians, including Vicki Gold Levi (a consultant on Boardwalk Empire), will tell storiesRSVP.
  • A free screening of Boardwalk Empire will be held at 9 pm  in the Circus Maximus Theatre at Caesars Atlantic City. RSVP.
  • Hotel rooms are being offered for $19.20 at Caesar’s Atlantic City and other Harrah’s properties from September 16-30.  There is limited availability as only 1,920 rooms are being offered at this rate and the booking began in August.  Reserve at CaesarsAC.com .
  • HBO/Caesar’s Atlantic City contest will give one lucky Grand Prize winner access to a suite (three days a month) for a full year. Five First Place winners will receive “Boardwalk Empire” weekend vacation packages.  Contest details.
  • A free Interactive seminar with historian Allen “Boo” Pergament will be held on October 9 at 2 pm at the Atlantic City Free Public Library. The Atlantic City native will discuss his career and work as a production consultant on the HBO series.  Features photos and memorabilia showing Atlantic City in the 1920s. Event details.
  • To celebrate the premiere of Boardwalk Empire, four Atlantic City casino hotels are offering Boardwalk Empire” packages.  Package details.

Images/Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority


Tags: Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire, history, prohibition