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Photo Gallery - Gala Bingo Tooting, Mitcham Road, London - Club Finder

This page was a real pleasure to put together, as so often the pictures we publish of bingo halls are of venues that are either now closed, or worse, demolished. Gala Bingo in Tooting is however still alive and well, and, as you can see the interior has been well maintained. We're not sure if Gala are legally obliged to keep the interior intact, but we're sure that even if they weren't they'd still do their best to maintain this amazing building.

The club was originally the Granada, which was probably one of London's grandest cinemas. It is up there with the likes of the Gaumont State Cinema on Kilburn High Road, and although not as big, the interior as you can see, is a triumph of art, architecture, and design.

The balcony paintings that you can see are originals, the medieval images reflecting the Gothic design throughout the interior. The first shot shows the marvellous Gothic mirrors, an effect that almost makes the venue look like a church from the moment you step inside, (a distinctly different feel from the Corinthian exterior of the building). The archways continue throughout the building and most contain a huge amount of intricate detail. A fine building and one that we hope will remain open for a long time to come: what a great place to play a game of bingo indeed.

If you are interested in more photographs of old theatres, and a lot of history we suggest you visit Charles S.P. Jenkins' amazing site, East End Memories, he provided us with these images, and has lots more to view. He has also published stories which can be purchased via Amazon UK, or Amazon US. He also has his own Facebook page - Stories Of London where you can leave a message and another website Stories Of London. Charles has also written a extensive history of Gala Tooting, which can be read here.

If you are interested in playing bingo at the club, please visit our Tooting Gala Bingo club page for details of session times, address and telephone number.

Gala Bingo Tooting Exterior daylight

Exterior in daylight

Gala Bingo Tooting Entrance

Entrance

Gala Bingo Tooting left foyer wall

Left foyer wall

Gala Bingo Tooting Faux window

Faux window in the foyer

Gala Bingo Tooting Foyer ceiling

Foyer ceiling

Gala Bingo Tooting Foyer mirrors

Foyer mirrors

Gala Bingo Tooting Uplighter lamp

Uplighter lamp

Gala Bingo Tooting Auditorium

Auditorium - left wall

Gala Bingo Tooting Auditorium

Auditorium - right wall (1)

Gala Bingo Tooting Auditorium

Auditorium - right wall (2)

Gala Bingo Tooting Auditorium

Auditorium - right wall (3)

Gala Bingo Tooting Stage view

Stage view from the balcony

Gala Bingo Tooting auditorium

Stage and auditorium

Gala Bingo Tooting Balcony

Balcony and impressive design on auditorium left wall

Gala Bingo Tooting Marvellous archway

Marvellous archway

Gala Bingo Tooting auditorium right

Impressive view of the auditorium right wall

Gala Bingo Tooting Balcony right

View of the auditorium right wall from the balcony

Gala Bingo Tooting Balcony Machins

The machines almost look at home

Gala Bingo Tooting Balcony Seating area

Worker's seating area

Gala Bingo Tooting Lighting

Great shot of the lighting

Gala Bingo Tooting Stage

The stage as seen from the balcony (2)

Gala Bingo Tooting auditorium

Back of auditorium (1)

Gala Bingo Tooting auditorium

Back of auditorium (2)

Gala Bingo Tooting bar

The bar

Gala Bingo Tooting Calling console

Calling console

Gala Bingo Tooting Calling Archway detail

Archway detail above exit

Gala Bingo Tooting Calling Lamp

Lamp and ceiling lighting

Gala Bingo Tooting Calling auditorium

Middle of auditorium

Gala Bingo Tooting Calling machine

Patron playing the machine

Gala Bingo Tooting Calling session

Waiting for the session to start

Gala Bingo Tooting Ceiling detail

Ceiling detail

Gala Bingo Tooting Cleaning staff

Cleaning staff

Gala Bingo Tooting Auditorium column

Auditorium column

Gala Bingo Tooting Auditorium columns

Auditorium columns

Gala Bingo Tooting Decoration detail

Decoration detail

Gala Bingo Tooting ceiling detail

Emergency exit - ceiling

Gala Bingo Tooting False window

False window

Gala Bingo Tooting Gala Bingo sign

Gala Bingo sign

Gala Bingo Tooting Ceiling light

Ceiling light

Gala Bingo Tooting Stained glass

Stained glass

Gala Bingo Tooting marvelous proscenium

The marvellous proscenium

Gala Bingo Tooting Proscenium

Proscenium (2)

Gala Bingo Tooting circles

Back of the circles (1)

Gala Bingo Tooting circles

Back of the circles (2)

Gala Bingo Tooting circles

Back of the circles (3)

Gala Bingo Tooting Projection area

Projection area

Gala Bingo Tooting Caption

Detail of woodwork

Gala Bingo Tooting Circle exit

Circle exit (1)

Gala Bingo Tooting Circle exit 2

Circle exit (2)

Gala Bingo Tooting left wall

Circle - left wall

Gala Bingo Tooting seating

Circle - seating

Gala Bingo Tooting Caption

False window

Gala Bingo Tooting Column detail

Column detail

Gala Bingo Tooting Ceiling detail

Ceiling detail

Gala Bingo Tooting Caption

Hall of mirrors

Gala Bingo Tooting Hall mirrors

Hall of mirrors - detail (1)

Gala Bingo Tooting Hall mirrors

Hall of mirrors - detail (2)

Gala Bingo Tooting Hall mirrors

Hall of mirrors

Gala Bingo Tooting Caption

Steps to the minstrel gallery

Gala Bingo Tooting Minstel gallery mirror

Minstel gallery mirror

Gala Bingo Tooting Minstel gallery window

Minstel gallery window

Gala Bingo Tooting Candleholder

Candleholder

Gala Bingo Tooting Golden chair

Golden chair and plaque

Gala Bingo Tooting Ornate pillar

Ornate pillar

Gala Bingo Tooting Ornate stair column

Even the stair columns are of design

Gala Bingo Tooting View night

View at night

If you have any photos from this bingo hall, be it of its interior, the staff, special events, parties, customers and more; and you'd like to share them here, please contact us to arrange adding them to the site.

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