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End of an era! Now the Big Brother amphitheatre used for the show’s evictions is being demolished

End of an era! Now the Big Brother amphitheatre used for eviction shows is being demolished – after the Dreamworld mansion was destroyed by vandals

Dreamworld is officially demolishing the show’s amphitheatre, which was once home to Big Brother’s famous, often-raucous, sometimes-controversial evictions. 

Over the years, it also set the scene for Sarah-Marie Fedele’s bum dance, Bree Amer’s eviction blunder, and some truly terrifying spectacles from the show’s studio audience. 

Then there was the moment host Gretel Killeen – who steered the show for seven seasons, from its debut in 2001 through to 2007 – would rather forget.

Oh, brother: The Dreamworld amphitheatre was originally built in the mid-1980s.

Oh, brother: The Dreamworld amphitheatre was originally built in the mid-1980s.

In 2004, evictee Merlin Luck had viewers at home speechless when he decided to remain, erm, speechless and stage a silent ‘Free the Refugees’ protest, his own personal social statement around immigration.  

It made headlines around the country, and was a water cooler moment in workplaces the following day.  

The Dreamworld amphitheatre was originally built in the mid-1980s.

What a dump: in May pictures came to light that showed how the once-glamorous Big Brother mansion had fallen into squalor

What a dump: in May pictures came to light that showed how the once-glamorous Big Brother mansion had fallen into squalor

The arena hosted the show’s evictions on Channel 10 (between 2001 – 2008), and once again on Channel Nine (between 2012 – 2014). 

This is not the first time Big Brother’s legend has been tarnished.

In May, pictures showed how the once-glamorous Big Brother set had fallen into dilapidated squalor. 

The swimming pool resembled a swamp, covered in green algae; the grounds were out of control; windows and doors were smashed, and vandals had spritzed the place in unsightly graffiti. 

Fancy a dip: Even the pool was covered in yucky green algae, and overrun with unsightly weeds

Fancy a dip: Even the pool was covered in yucky green algae, and overrun with unsightly weeds

Even the once-comfy diary room – where housemates bitched, moaned, confessed and received Big Brother tasks – looked like a Breaking Bad crack den.   

In June the mansion was sensationally – and deliberately – set on fire.  

Four children, aged between 11 and 15, were charged with arson.  

The City of Gold Coast Council approved the demolition last week. 

Fire bugs: In June the mansion was sensationally – and deliberately – set on fire

Fire bugs: In June the mansion was sensationally – and deliberately – set on fire

 

 

 

Daily Mail UK

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