Mecca Bingo Wolverhampton, Bilston Street - Lost Bingo Halls
Club Closed: TBC
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Mecca Bingo Wolverhampton, Bilston Street Background And History
We have to be honest that although we think that this club was owned by Mecca Bingo, we are not 100% sure of the fact, and if you could enlighten us, please do so by clicking on the link in the paragraph below. We do know that the club was once Star Bingo, which opened in 1966 in the premises of a closed cinema, and we do have some background information on the building's previous incarnation as the Clifton Cinema.
The building originally opened as an abattoir, but in 1863 was reopened as a 2,000 seater theatre, the 'Prince Of Wales'. After a bit of fire damage it was rebuilt and reopened as the Hippodrome Theatre, which also featured circus acts. The unlucky building suffered another fire in 1913, and again underwent a rebuild in 1913. With the popularity of cinema gaining in the 1930s the venue changed to a cinema which operated under the name New Theatre Royal from 1931 to 1938. After a takeover by Clifton Cinemas it became the Clifton in 1948, a name which stuck until the final change of ownership to Star Cinemas in 1966. Star Cinemas however set about immediately changing the operation to bingo, and it is somewhere between 1966, and the building's (sad) demolition in 1981 that we believe that Mecca Bingo took over.
If you have any details that may assist us, and you would like to share them with our readers, we would love to hear from you, particularly if you can set us straight on the issue of whether or not the Star Bingo was actually taken over by Mecca Bingo. If you let us know what you know, we will put the details online with your name credited (if you wish, or we can credit the article as anonymous). You will be doing a service to the bingo community and posterity by helping us record details of all Britain's bingo clubs and halls. Thank you.
By Gareth Whieldon (March 2012)
Photographs Of The Mecca Bingo Wolverhampton, Bilston 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.
Your Comments And Memories Of The Bilston Street Mecca Bingo
Were you connected to the Mecca Bingo Bilston Street, Wolverhampton? 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.
Club Manager Question
My mom, my nan and my auntie all worked at the bingo hall, my auntie was the assistant manager. I would like to know who the manager was from 1966 to 1968. My nan and auntie have now died, they worked there between these times. Thank you
By D. Maydew (September 2015)
Other Clubs In The Area
Listed below are a couple of clubs in the area as an alternative to the Mecca Bingo Wolverhampton.
- Bilston Mecca Bingo, Spring Vale Retail Park
- Stoke on Trent Gala Bingo, Victoria Road
- Wednesbury Mecca Bingo, Dudley Street
We do try to verify the closure of all clubs featured in this section, which is not always possible. If we've added a club to the lost halls section that isn't closed, please accept our apologies and contact us asap so we can rectify our mistake.
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