Top Rank Gaiety Cardiff, City Road - Lost Bingo Halls
Club Closed: Circa 1994
Top Rank Gaiety
195-197 City Road
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Top Rank Gaiety Cardiff, City Road Background And History
The building was originally opened as the Gaiety Grand Cinema in 1912. At one point it was also a roller rink, although I don't have a firm date on when this happened. It became a bingo hall in 1961, and the Top Rank Gaiety in 1968. The hall thrived following this, until the end of the 80s when it slowly lost members to a number of other bigger halls in Cardiff, including the new big purpose built Castle Bingo in Canton and the Gala Bingo in St Mary Street.
The building is famed for its twin domes on the entrance, and at some point in its early history as a cinema a balcony was added and the height of the building increased. As a bingo hall, the balcony area contained both seats and tables. The window from the old projectionist's booth was still visible, and the projection room used as a storage cupboard. The main stage for calling was about 15 foot high, with both the bar and buffet housed beneath it. You can see a picture of the building as Gaiety Grand Cinema in its earliest days here.
After remaining closed for a few years, the building found a new lease of life as a student bar. It was remodelled to lose the balcony and have two distinct floors instead. Below is a photo of the building as the Spin Bar, by 'left handed male' of Flickr. Compare the height of the building as it is now to how it was in the older photo. (February 2008)
Photographs Of The Top Rank Gaiety Cardiff, City Road
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Other Clubs In The Area
Listed below are a couple of clubs in the area as an alternative to the Top Rank Gaiety Cardiff.
- Cardiff Castle Bingo, Cowbridge Road East
- Cardiff Castle Bingo, Newport Road
- Cardiff Club 3000 Bingo, Batchelor Road
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