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Originally called "Luna Park", Cloudland Dance Hall was a famous Brisbane entertainment venue located in Bowen Hills. It was later demolished and made into an apartment complex.
On its hilltop site above Brisbane, Cloudland's distinctive parabolic laminated roof arch, nearly 18 metres high, was highly visible.


It was constructed in 1939-40, by T.H.Eslick and opened on 2 August 1940. An funicular type railway ran up the side of the hill from the Tram Stop on Breakfast Creek Road carrying passengers to the rear of the Ballroom. It was originally designed to have a fun park like Luna park Melbourne, which Eslick had built in 1912.Luna Park proposed rides Big Dipper destroyed by storm before finished. Eslick disappeared soon after Cloudland was opened so the building was left abandoned until 1942 when it was used by the American Military. After the war it was re-opened having the Luna Park name dropped & just called Cloudland Ballroom. The railroad was dismantled in 1967 and the area was turned into car parks. 1947 24 April Re-opens after War & purchased by sisters Mya Winters & Francis Rouch fOr 16,000 pounds. 1948 2 Sept Laurence Olivier & Janet Leigh visit ofter doing the play "School for scandel" for a débutants ball for "Royal society of St George"
As a pop/rock/old time music venue it hosted thousands of dances and concerts in the 50s, 60s and 70s, including some notable events. Cloudland hosted three of the six concerts performed by rock 'n' roll legend Buddy Holly on his only Australian tour in February 1958.
Cloudland was used regularly by Australian bands from the '50s to the early '80s, and for much of the Sixties it was the central venue for the Sunshine group. Sunshine was headed by Brisbane businessman Ivan Dayman (originally from Adelaide), who leased Cloudland from Apel around 1965. Resident bands from the late 60s to its closure included The Sounds Of Seven, The Highmarks and The Seasons of the Witch. The dance format in those times covered old time through to rock n' roll.
Cloudland was also used as an exam venue by the University of Queensland.
The venue was a classic World War II structure. Inside it had hard timber floors, decorative columns, sweeping curtains, domed sky lights and chandeliers. Cloudland also had an upper circle of tiered seating which overlooked the floor and stage. An impressive tall domed entrance was also visible from surrounding suburbs. Cloudland Ballroom was said to be the best dance and concert hall in Australia during that time.
Despite strenuous public calls for its preservation, the building was demolished overnight on 7 November 1982 by the Deen Brothers, a 'no-questions-asked' outfit favoured by the state government and Brisbane City Council for such controversial demolition jobs.
Midnight Oil, who had played at Cloudland many times, immortalised the demolition in their song Dreamworld (from the Diesel and Dust LP) which attacked the greed of the pro-development forces.
In 2004, a ballet Cloudland choreographed by Francois Klaus was premiered at the Brisbane Festival, and has since been performed in a number of Australian and European cities

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