With the exception of wooden roller coasters, most of today’s state of the art thrill rides are designed by European firms. But in the 1960s, Northern California-based Arrow Development Company was the company that parks around the world came to for the latest in steel coaster innovation.
In the summer of 2015, various coaster enthusiasts and a group of members from American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) Worldwide, Inc. criss-crossed the country to tell the story of an American manufacturing legend that entertained millions. The team visited parks with prominent Arrow rides, including: Six Flags Over Texas, Cedar Point, Kennywood, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Lagoon Park and Silverwood Theme Park among many others.
Nicholas Laschkewitsch is the Lead Editor and Director of the film:
“The story of Arrow is the story of the American dream,” said Laschkewitsch. “Four steel workers quit their jobs to form their own company in a little shop in Mountain View, CA and quite literally, turned the world upside down. It’s just a great story that has really never been told in entirety.”
Kris Rowberry is the Executive Producer and Writer of the film:
“Just about everyone is aware Silicon Valley is a hotbed for technological innovations,” said Rowberry. “But few know that the valley that gave us Google and iPhones also spawned the world’s first log flume and corkscrew roller coaster. It truly is a forgotten piece of our national history.”
The film made its world premiere on January 23, 2016 at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose, California. The film’s second public- screening is slated to take place at Six Flags Magic Mountain on January 30, 2016 in the park’s Gearworks Theater at 4pm. Discounted park tickets are available at www.sixflags.com using discount code “ACE.” For more information on this screening and future viewing opportunities, visit: http://my.aceonline.org/arrow
About ACE: Founded in 1978, ACE is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, pro- motion, appreciation and safe enjoyment of roller coasters. With more than 5,000 members across the globe, ACE is the largest amusement park enthusiast organization in the world. In addition, numerous television pro- grams such as the Travel Channel have prominently featured ACE and its members.
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