Astor Bingo Bexleyheath, Mayplace Road West - Lost Bingo Halls
Club Closed: 1998
Mayplace Road West
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Astor Bingo Bexleyheath, Mayplace Road West Background And History
We are going to have to admit to a lack of 100% surety on the details concerning this club, with particular reference to its name. We do know that the bingo club was originally the Astor cinema before it changed to become an independent bingo club, and we are guessing that the name remained the same. We are doing this as an educated guess, because although the premises changed in the sixties, even then , 'branding' was an issue, so it may have remained the same. However, we do admit, that it may have changed name to promote a 'new product' and grab people's attention, however, we are going with the former (for the moment, and until we know better).
Originally the premises opened as a public hall, and it was not until 1913 that it became a full blown cinema. With seating for 500, it was quite small, with a small stage and a very small proscenium. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1934 and the resulting rebuild made way for increased size in facilities, and seating capacity (786). Due to the rebuild period the style was art deco internally, and externally the building had cream faience tiles on the facade.
The cinema closed in 1967, and was converted into a bingo club which lasted until 1998, and remained empty until its demolition in 2003.
By Gareth Whieldon (September 2010)
Photographs Of The Astor Bingo Bexleyheath, Mayplace Road West
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Your Comments And Memories Of The Mayplace Road West Astor Bingo
Were you connected to the Astor Bingo Mayplace Road West, Bexleyheath? Be it as a staff member or customer, we'd love to hear about this club when it was open - send your comments and memories about the staff, the members, the events and general atmosphere of this lost bingo club; to keep here for posterity's sake.
I remember this bingo club, I was about 12 in the late 70s and used to sit out the back in the tea bar with my mum and dad. If you wanted one number you would have to say and someone would hold their finger on a door bell ready to ring if you won, then an assistant would come out from the main hall and collect your book to be checked. It belonged I believe to a man called Mr Keen who used to come in on a Thursday evening and the manager was a lady called Brenda. When I was 18 I then sat out the front and played as it was now legal. The bingo used to be packed, and in the interval they would play party bingo again that was always full of people playing. I remember my mum winning the jackpot over about £165 in the 70s, and when my dad come in from work her throwing all the money in the air! UAE have many memories of them bingo sessions.
By J. Peters (November 2013)
Other Clubs In The Area
Listed below are a couple of clubs in the area as an alternative to the Astor Bingo Bexleyheath.
- Dagenham Mecca Bingo, Dagenham Leisure Park
- Elephant And Castle Palace Bingo, Elephant And Castle Shopping Centre
- Eltham Mecca Bingo, Eltham Hill
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