Downtown Leisure Centre Hindley Street Adelaide

Downtown Leisure Centre Hindley Street Adelaide

Downtown Leisure Centre Hindley Street Adelaide

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Downtown Leisure Centre Hindley Street Adelaide

Downtown Leisure Centre on Hindley Street, Adelaide used to be the place to go for teenagers in the 1980s. Since it closed the Hindley Street area has become more unsafe. Parents now take their children to smaller but similar leisure centres out in the suburbs. These are not the same as in the good old days of Downtown Leisure Centre. Do you have any memories of the place that you would like to share in a comment post below?

Some brief history

The Adelaide Remember When Facebook page admin posted in their Downtown photo on 27th October, 2013:

Rundle St East posted some information on Downtown.

“Downtown was actually built at 65 Hindley St in the late 70’s as a new multi-faceted complex as we remember it. In the mid 80’s though it was relocated down the road towards King William Street in an old classic cinema building (Wondergraph) which still has the old Downtown fin sign out the front. The new facility was much smaller, and for a while, there was a Hungry Jacks on the ground floor. The old original Downtown building @ 65 Hindley was torn down and replaced by a brand new hotel which we now know as the Holiday Inn.

Some people seem to think that Downtown started at the old Wests Theatre, now the ASO – it didn’t. This has been something well debated for years. Timezone in the 90’s was in the old Wests Theatre, which, in the late 70’s & early 80’s was also home to the famous city nightclub, Sinatras!”

Memories shared

A couple of memories about Downtown were shared by readers in this site’s Facebook page at Adelaide in South Australia, Australia. Here is one of them.

Matthew wrote:

Used to love that place. We’d have a feed at Pizza Hut and then go to Downtown.

Post your memories of Downtown Leisure Centre below in a comment post if you like?

Video – TV ad

 

 

Downtown tokens

Remember these? I hope the owners of these photos do not mind but I have collected these images of the old Downtown tokens people used for the rides and games. I wanted to preserve these images here for future reference.

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You turn

Share your memories in a comment or two below?

Another Facebook post about Downtown. Some readers shared mostly roller skating memories.

Remember this place? I wrote a little piece about it a while ago and included the TV ad and pics of the tokens in…

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4 Comments

  1. Zac  - 28/06/2015 - 1:18 pm
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    I owne one of the tokens , seen in top photos , I’d be interested in a price tag

    • Sebastian  - 10/10/2015 - 2:48 pm
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      There may be some on ebay sometimes and that might give a bit of an indication as to their worth … if anyone is buying for that price?

  2. Andrew  - 09/07/2016 - 5:33 pm
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    Hindley street was more unsafe back then than now.
    Downtown and Tilt were always portayed in the media as violent and dangerous places. Especially Tilt, which eventuly closed not to long after a stabbing.
    Not to say they weren’t great places, but hindley has lways had a reputation for trouble.

    • Sebastian  - 12/12/2016 - 8:33 pm
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      Yes to a degree but it was certainly considered much safer then than it is now.

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