Gala Bingo Clapham, St. John's Hill, London - Lost Bingo Halls
Club Closed: 22nd December 1997
St. John's Hill
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Gala Bingo Clapham, St. John's Hill Background And History
Before Gala Bingo took over, the Clapham Granada had been one of the UK's largest theatres. Not only was it large in its 2475 seating capacity, but it was also grand in its design. 18 dressing rooms were available for visiting actors and artistes.
The theatre was opened in 1937 by the Duchess of Kent, to a band and Wurlitzer. A building of notable architecture, the exterior was in the Art Deco style created by Leslie C. Norton and H.B. Horner.
The interior was renaissance style with a great amount of wall decoration, including paintings. Like many other large urban cinemas it had its own cafe, and unusually, a car park.
The cinema closed in 1980, and became Granada Bingo, which was taken over by Gala in 1991. It only lasted another six years as a bingo hall before closing in 1998. Although it has listed building status its exterior may have its visage altered with the proposed addition of apartments suspended above the building.
By Gareth Whieldon (September 2010)
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Other Clubs In The Area
Listed below are a couple of clubs in the area as an alternative to the Gala Bingo Clapham.
- Streatham Beacon Bingo London, Streatham Hill
- Tooting Gala Bingo, Mitcham Road, London
- Wandsworth Mecca Bingo, Bendon Valley
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