Following the collapse of the park’s air theatre from a heavy snow storm, the imposing American Heritage Music Hall (now known as Kings Island Theater) was erected at a cost of $1.8 million. This event ended the standing joke in the air theatre that preceded every live show — “In case of sudden loss of air pressure, everyone should lie down on the floor and blow up at the ceiling!”
On July 4, the park held a unique bicentennial celebration that made Time Magazine. Paul Revere, band leader of the popular group Paul Revere and the Raiders, was married on this day with members of his band dressed in authentic revolutionary uniforms. Also this year, the Racer became the one and only ride to have more than 3 million riders in one season. The 1976 total for the Racer was 3,681,338.