|By Elizabeth Skrapits, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
From its creation in the mid-1920s through the 1960s, Sandy Beach was a hugely popular summer destination, both for day trippers and people who camped out at
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However, it wasn't exactly a vacation for young Marvin. (He's now 84, a Korean War veteran and a successful real estate developer.)
"I was free labor," he said, chuckling.
There was plenty at Sandy Beach to keep him busy.
"When it was in full swing, it was a pretty hot place to be," he said.
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"We even had benches in front of the screen so the people from the campgrounds could watch the movies, and we charged them a quarter apiece,"
"Uncle Sam used to let me in the movies all the time without charging me," she said.
"He was strict," she said.
"They imported real sand from the ocean to put on the beach," he said. "That's what made it a real sandy beach."
In the 1950s, Sandy Beach featured roller skating, a penny arcade and a picnic area with a fireplace. There was a boat rental with motorboats at first, then later, paddle boats. For the children, there was a playground, kiddie rides including a merry-go-round, and real pony rides.
There were ladies' and men's locker rooms -- which the Slomowitzes upgraded -- and the second story of the building had a dance floor, where orchestras and bands would play a couple of nights a week,