For anyone who is a fan of old derelict buildings and/or street art, then this should be right up your alley.
Tucked away in the Brisbane suburb of Redhill is this former roller skating rink.
This place operated as a roller-skating rink from the 1920s right up until it was destroyed by a fire in 2002.
It’s unclear what is happening with the building now. Peering through a small gap I could see that some work had taken place inside, but that appeared to have stopped for whatever reason. The sad fact is that it will probably end up demolished and replaced with more shops or offices.
Well, if I had the money I would restore it as a roller disco, complete with glitter ball and a 1980s pop music mix. I have happy memories of going to roller discos (not this one obviously, but around South London), although I think I am viewing the past through rose-tinted specs here. I never had much balance and always needed to cling on to the sides, watching the prettier girls gliding gracefully by.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get inside this roller rink (it was well padlocked), however I did manage to find this picture online of the gutted interior.
And for any of you who are too young (or like to pretend you are) to remember roller discos, here is the 1980 Olivia Newton John movie Xanadu (so bad that it almost becomes quite good). The ‘plot’ involves a man opening a roller disco after meeting a muse who has come to earth to encourage him to follow his dream.