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Gala Bingo Crystal Palace, Church Road, London - Lost Bingo Halls

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Club Closed: 21st June 2009

Gala Bingo
Church Road
Crystal Palace
SE19 2TE

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Gala Bingo Crystal Palace, Church Road Background And History

Crystal Palace Gala Bingo Hall has closed as a result of a Gala Bingo 'restructuring exercise', and accompanies other closures in the company's bid to combat falling profits, and retain the chain's overall financial viability.

Local residents were hoping that the premises would be returned to their original purpose, a cinema which closed in 1968, and have got together to petition the local council and have even ventured into the world of a 'Facebook support group'.

Although interest in the premises had been expressed by a cinema company, unfortunately supporters' actions have been to no avail, and the premises have been bought by an evangelical church. This sadly leaves local residents with nowhere to play bingo, or watch the movies.

By Gareth Whieldon (March 2010)


We're are not exactly sure what has gone on in the interim, but it appears that buyers of the venue were not given planning permission to change the usage to that of a place of worship. And, meanwhile, campaigners have succeeded in getting the premises listed as "an asset of community value". So it looks like although it's unlikely to be returned to it's previous bingo hall status, at least it will be a place of community entertainment, as there are plans afoot to revert the premises to cinema usage.

By Gareth Whieldon (April 2014)


Three years on, the building has not been converted into a place of worship as planning permission has been denied (twice) for a 'change of use'. The result of this is that the owners Kingsway International Christian Centre, have decided to sell up. This potentially paves the way for the venue returning as a cinema if a suitable new owner steps forward. Although the building is listed as an asset of community value (ASV) this does not however tie the church into selling to a community based enterprise. However, any new owners will likely be again bound by council planning regulations. Watch this space for more news on the fate of the old Gala Bingo site.

By Gareth Whieldon (July 2017)

Photographs Of The Gala Bingo Crystal Palace, Church 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.

Gala Bingo Crystal Palace

Photograph by: Martin Tapsell - Interior of Gala Bingo Crystal Palace, Church Road

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Your Comments And Memories Of The Church Road Gala Bingo

Were you connected to the Gala Bingo Church Road, Crystal Palace? 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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Club Memory

I used to work at this hall where I met some nice people. It's a shame this hall closed. Worked with great people. Wondering if anybody remember me as I have moved to Blackpool.

By A. Want (May 2012)

Another Club Memory From An Employee

I remember working at this hall in the early 90's and I remember you Albert. Lovely place to work remember Nick, the two Michaels, Irish Andy Bruce, Rodney was a boss time.

By A. James (April 2013)

Another Comment From Mr Want

I worked at Gala Crystal Palace twice where I met some nice people and worked with great people. I love to hear from members or my ex work friends. Someone remember me, and a James? I remember Bruce, Nick, Michael, Sandra Linda and few more. Love to hear from them. It's shame the club has closed down.

By A. Want (May 2013)

Another Request From Mr Want

I used to work at this bingo hall. Shame it's closed down. I worked with great people. Met some lovely people. Love to hear from anyone who knew me.

By Albert Want (April 2015)

Hello From Mr Want

Does anyone remember me love to hear from anyone.

By Albert Want (September 2017)

Other Clubs In The Area

Listed below are a couple of clubs in the area as an alternative to the Gala Bingo Crystal Palace.

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