Designed by Robert Burns Dick who was also the architect for Newcastle's Laing Art Gallery. The domed Empress Ballroom served as the entrance to the park and considered a trade mark of the town. The ballroom is the only remains of Spanish City today. Marine Park First School and a non-ride park now occupy much of the Spanish City site.
Mentioned in the 1981 Dire Straits song 'Tunnel of Love' - "Girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did. Like the Spanish City to me when we were kids".