The Lumina at Wrightsville Beach, built in 1905 by Hugh MacRae, was three stories tall, lit by 1,000 candles, and 25,000 square feet of fun, swimming, and dancing. Special trolleys ran from Wilmington, and it was \"the\" place to be until the 40s. With the coming of the automobile the trolley system ended in 1940. Though it remained popular into the 1950s, its best days were behind it. Hurricane Hazel badly damaged it in 1954 and the Lumina Pavilion was torn down in 1973.