Date of closure: 1995
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At the moment we do not have details of the events that led up to, or any of the circumstances surrounding the closure of Top Rank Bingo Bedminster. We do however know a bit about the venue’s history.
Opened in 1936, the Ambassador Cinema was an independent with seating for over 1,200 cinema goers. A suburban venue, it had a distinctive tower, and was purpose built as a cinema, so there were no dressing rooms or other stage facilities. The Odeon chain took over in 1937, but didn’t rename it until ten years later.
In 1961 the building was converted into the Top Rank Bingo Club, which had a run of twenty four years, eventually closing in 1995, during a decade that saw many bingo hall closures. The building still survives, and at the time of writing is split for usage as a play centre and a motor vehicle maintenance business.
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By Gareth Whieldon (August 2012)