Riva Bingo Cardiff, Agate Street - Lost Bingo Halls
Club Closed: June 2009
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Riva Bingo Cardiff, Agate Street Background And History
Riva Bingo started life as the single screen Art Deco style Splott Cinema. Designed by architect William S. Wort, it opened in 1913 with a seating capacity of 750, which was expanded to 2,000 in the 1930s after modification. This was one of the first Splott Circuit cinemas, and the first to accommodate talking pictures, which required an alternate sound system and no musical accompaniment. The club opened initially as Top Rank Bingo, then became Mecca Bingo before being taken over by Riva Bingo. As a bingo hall it did very well, lasting until 2009 which is a few years longer than many of the other clubs to go in the first wave of closures.
By Gareth Whieldon (July 2010)
Update: We have since heard that the club was actually sold in 2006 due to the no-smoking ban, and that there are plans to demolish the building and turn it into flats.
By Gareth Whieldon (January 2011)
After a fire in February 2015, the building has been demolished. The daytime fire was so serious that several fire crews were needed to control it, and the whole area was closed off to traffic and pedestrians, many local residents having been evacuated from their homes.
By Gareth Whieldon (March 2015)
Two years on the fate of the former bingo hall is still undecided. In 2016 a planning application was made by local businessman Mr Malik to convert the building into 47 flats under the proviso that £767,801 would be used towards affordable housing and open space. But, due to the unforseen costs of clearance, asbestos removal and sprinklers, Mr Malik has said that he would be unable to meet the 'community cash' payment. The figure has since been reduced to £125,000 subject to council approval before the work goes ahead.
By Gareth Whieldon (April 2017)
Photographs Of The Riva Bingo Cardiff, Agate Street
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Other Clubs In The Area
Listed below are a couple of clubs in the area as an alternative to the Riva Bingo Cardiff.
- Cardiff Castle Bingo, Cowbridge Road East
- Cardiff Castle Bingo, Newport Road
- Cardiff Club 3000 Bingo, Batchelor Road
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