Gala Bingo Bournemouth, Wimbourne Road - Lost Bingo Halls
Club Closed: February 2008
713 Wimbourne Road
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Gala Bingo Bournemouth, Wimbourne Road Background And History
Gala Bingo in Wimborne Road is another victim of the economic, and legislative factors that have seen many a club call 'eyes down' for the last time. It has been taken over by Bournemouth Community Church, and plans are underway for a community resource. There will be children's clubs, community events, and as well as facilities for youth. While bad news for local bingo players, at least the premises are remaining 'within the community', instead of being transferred into the hands of big business, which is often the way when a club closes down.
The premises opened in 1935 as the Moderne Cinema, which was designed by Edward G. de Wilde Holding in the 'Modernist style' - hence the name. Still standing, the cinema had 1500 seats, and was decorated in an Art Deco style, so it must have been quite an impressive venue in its heyday. After a long run as a cinema, it closed in 1983, and was refurbished as a bingo club and operated by Granada. Having been taken over by Gala it closed in 2008, and the building's future is currently unknown.
By Gareth Whieldon (July 2010)
Photographs Of The Gala Bingo Bournemouth, Wimbourne Road
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Your Comments And Memories Of The Wimbourne Road Gala Bingo
Were you connected to the Gala Bingo Wimbourne Road, Bournemouth? 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.
The building is now in use as a community arts centre. Well worth a visit, the interior survives surprisingly intact.
By D. Keeling (January 2017)
Other Clubs In The Area
Listed below are a couple of clubs in the area as an alternative to the Gala Bingo Bournemouth.
- Bournemouth Gala Bingo, Lansdowne
- Bournemouth Club Grand Bingo, Poole Road
- Poole Gala Bingo, Tower Park
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