Wonderland Roller Arena

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Title

Wonderland Roller Arena

Description

Wonderland Roller Arena, located at 5090 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno, circa 1950. Color lithographic postcard published by Willats Printing of San Francisco. Owners Frank and Josephine Torcaso opened the first Wonderland in May 1949, at 5310 N. Blackstone Ave. Built at a cost of $30,000 and featuring a knotty pine interior, it was destroyed by fire in 1954. The Wonderland shown in the postcard image was built for $100,000 following the earlier structure’s demise. The new building included a restaurant, snack bar and swimming pool. A note on the card’s verso states the rink was host to the “1955 California State and Southwest Pacific Coast Regional Championships.” Apartments were built over the rink in 1960, and the rink was relocated to a site on Belmont Avenue in 1972. The building later housed Bill’s Furniture and Appliances. TorNino’s, a banquet facility opened by Chet Torcaso in the mid-1980s, now occupies part of the site, along with an antique consortium and restaurant.

Publisher

Willats Printing - S.F.

Date

ca. 1955

Rights

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Format

1 postcard : color ; 8.9 x 14 cm.

Language

en

Type

Still Image

Identifier

FPC_00265

Files

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Citation

“Wonderland Roller Arena,” San Joaquin Valley Library System Digital Collections, accessed July 14, 2020, http://digital.sjvls.org/document/10454.

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