Fallout Shelter Theater in Marconi Hotel Basement
Located in the basement of the Marconi Hotel is the Fallout Shelter Theater. Currently, we offer escorted tours into this space. This was one of the two shelters in the basement. We transformed shelter 1 into a mini theater. Possibly the only one of this type. The original shelves display artifacts of the cold war.
During the Cold War, the nation was gripped with fear of atomic war. In the 1950’s, the US Government and the Department of Civil Defense began advocating the concept of the fallout shelter as a means of salvation.
These shelters were stocked with only the most basic supplies simply meant to keep their occupants alive. In the here and now, we thankfully do not have to worry about such a scenario, but the Fallout Shelter Theater helps to remind us of how close we once were to the war to end all wars.
In 2008, an Eagle Scout project pioneered by Joe Reilly and Tim Troppoli restored the fallout shelter in the basement of the Marconi Hotel from a wet and dirty storage room to a reminder of the horrors of the Cold War. The shelter is currently maintained and operated by Jim Kudrick. Formerly Joseph Giliberti, a regular InfoAge volunteer, maintained the shelter.
A view of our Fallout Shelter Theater. Note guest benches are not standard shelter equipment. Photo by Joseph Giliberti.
These dosimeters clipped to your shirt like a ballpoint pen and measured how much radiation you absorbed. Photo by Joseph Giliberti.
Radios to keep the shelter in contact with authorities
Radios for communications with other survivors and for news updates. Photo by Joseph Giliberti.
Shelves stocked with food and water
Crackers, biscuits, candy and water to keep a group alive for up to two weeks. Photo by Joseph Giliberti.
A Geiger Counter and survey meters to help keep people safe from dangerous radiation. Photo by Joseph Giliberti.
Sample of Cold War era posters
Posters like these kept the public aware of the situation that could change at any moment. Photo by Joseph Giliberti.