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Apollo Bingo Blackpool, Waterloo Road - Lost Bingo Halls

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Club Closed: 5th September 2009

Apollo Bingo
Waterloo Road

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Apollo Bingo Blackpool, Waterloo Road Background And History

The Blackpool Apollo closed in 2009 due to the usual mix of conditions that have led to the demise of many bingo clubs across the country. A once thriving club, its demise has been blamed on the economic recession, the smoking ban, and what has been described as "a lack of help from the government", which we can take to mean, or hazard a guess that the bingo taxation rules are being referred to here.

Local people were understandably upset at its closure for several reasons. Politicians are perhaps unaware when passing legislation, although the 'man' (or person) in the street has a more acute perspective on the effects of closure. Locals pointed out the cultural value of bingo in Blackpool, which is on one level 'historical artifact', and on another, it is one of the symbols that has brought people to Blackpool for years. A stick of Blackpool Rock, the Mile, and fairgrounds and bingo, are what people expect from a visit to the seaside town. As the building has yet to be demolished, there is still the chance left for a reprieve, and we, like the locals who had been attending for years, have our fingers crossed.

By Gareth Whieldon (July 2010)

Photographs Of The Apollo Bingo Blackpool, Waterloo Road

If you have any photos from this lost 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.

Apollo Bingo Blackpool

Photograph by: Keith Rose (September 2009)

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Your Comments And Memories Of The Waterloo Road Apollo Bingo

Were you connected to the Apollo Bingo Waterloo Road, Blackpool? 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.

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Just a quick update on this bingo. Looking at Google streetview, it became a live performance venue, but images on google streetview from 2014 and 2015 showed the venue closed again, and in a recent 2016 view, the venue, which was the upper tier of the building, has a to let sign at its entrance. The lower level, which is street level, was recently modernised, and has new retail units, including a pizza hut.

By R. Clark (December 2016)

Other Clubs In The Area

Listed below are a couple of clubs in the area as an alternative to the Apollo Bingo Blackpool.

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