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Picture relating to Maroochydore - titled 'Cotton Tree'

Cotton Tree

contributed by GRatcliffe, taken in 1974
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ORIGINALLY the PLEASURE CENTRE was the BEACH THEATRE COTTON TREE, owned by the Comino family and screened the last movies in 1969 and this meant that the AMUSEMENT ARCARDE was now in the planning stages. The 1969 registered name of the popular amusement arcade was PENNY ARCADE AMUSEMENTS and was rebranded THE PLEASURE CENTRE in 1972 and in 1985 was changed to LOTS OF FUN / PLEASURE CENTRE, this photo is of the front entrance at KING St Cotton Tree. This was one of the largest amusement centres at that time, housing 15 pool tables, around 80 amusement games, jukebox and slot car track photo taken 1970's. To keep the patrons coming back, the games were regularly replaced with new arcade games which kept the patrons trying their skills on the latest games. The Pleasure Centre at Cotton Tree was one of the most popular meeting places for entertaining the local people and holidaymakers alike and people of all ages frequented the arcade from when it opened in March 1970 until it was destroyed by fire on the 12th. October 1986. With the Cotton Tree Caravan Park just close by, most holidays the amusement arcade run to capacity with patrons waiting up to 2 hours for a game of pool. The Pleasure Centre housed all the latest in coin operated games from America and Japan which gave all the local patrons the same opportunity for playing the new games as those players in the capital cities. Until Grundy's in Surfers Paradise opened in 1979, the Pleasure Centre was one of the largest privately owned and operated amusement centres in Australia (based on floor area-aprox 550sq.m) After the destruction by fire many patrons kept asking when would a new PLEASURE CENTRE be rebuilt on the same site, but that wasn't possible owing to council requirements in regards to onsite car parking, the site wasn't large enough in size to supply onsite car parking.

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