Cardiff Top Rank Gaiety – City Road

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Exterior of the now closed Cardiff Top Rank Gaiety Bingo - City Road

Date of closure: Circa 1994

Address (for reference only):

Top Rank Bingo
City Road
Cardiff
CF24 3JB

The building was originally opened as the Gaiety Grand Cinema in 1912. At one point it was also a roller rink, although I don’t have a firm date on when this happened. It became a bingo hall in 1961, and the Top Rank Gaiety in 1968. The hall thrived following this, until the end of the 80s when it slowly lost members to a number of other bigger halls in Cardiff, including the new big purpose built Castle Bingo in Canton and the Gala Bingo in St Mary Street.

The building is famed for its twin domes on the entrance, and at some point in its early history as a cinema a balcony was added and the height of the building increased. As a bingo hall, the balcony area contained both seats and tables. The window from the old projectionist’s booth was still visible, and the projection room used as a storage cupboard. The main stage for calling was about 15 foot high, with both the bar and buffet housed beneath it.

After remaining closed for a few years, the building found a new lease of life as a student bar. It was remodelled to lose the balcony and have two distinct floors instead. Below is a photo of the building as the Spin Bar, by ‘left handed male’ of Flickr.  (February 2008)

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