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Gala Bingo Dartford, Spital Street London- Lost Bingo Halls

Details | Club Background & History | Photographs | Other Clubs | Your Comments & Memories

Club Closed: 27 November 2014

Gala Bingo
Spital Street
London
DA1 2DL

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Gala Bingo London, Spital Street Background And History

Gala Dartford was one of the few bingo halls to go through the rare transformation of bingo hall to place of worship, having been sold by an agency which specialises in faith purchases. The reason for the sale is not known, however it comes at a time when Gala Bingo owners Coral are looking to offload their bingo clubs before a stock market flotation of the parent company. At the time this was the second closure in the area, with the East Ham club closing within the previous month, presumably for the same reason.

Gala Dartford was situated in the premises of what used to be the 'State Cinema'. Opened in 1935, there were over 1,500 seats, and strangely for the era, the interior was Neoclassical, whereas most cinemas built in the period were Art Deco. The cinema was equipped for full musical accompaniment, including organ chambers under the stage.

The State became Granada when it was purchased in late 1949. The cinema closed in 1975, and was converted to Granada Bingo, latterly to be taken over by Gala Bingo until closure in November 2014.

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By Gareth Whieldon (November 2014)

Photographs Of The Gala Bingo London, Spital Street

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 Dartford

Photograph by: Martin Tapsell - Gala Bingo in 1985

Gala Bingo Dartford

Photograph by: Martin Tapsell - Gala Bingo in 1989

Your Comments And Memories Of The Spital Street Gala Bingo

Were you connected to the Gala Bingo Spital Street, London? 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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Player Lament

They could have saved the club and not turned it into a church.

By Mark (November 2014)

Other Clubs In The Area

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

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