Date of closure: 2004
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Gala Bingo Carlisle opened in 1978 in the stalls area of a former cinema. It closed in 2004 after quite a long run, and was relocated to another area in the city, although we are not quite sure of the reason for this. The original cinema, the Lonsdale was an impressive building, opening in 1931 with an impressive 1880 seats. An Art Deco style building, it had a 48 foot wide proscenium, and full audio support until the talkies came to the big cinemas.
A stunning building which is still standing at time of print, it had a stained glass window which depicted Carlisle Castle in its foyer, and like many cinemas, it was taken over by ABC, until it eventually became a bingo hall.
The building’s future is uncertain as although it had its listed status removed, it is still within the town’s conservation area, which should hopefully keep the wolves at bay. This is a bit of a victory, as previously plans had come to light of a complete demolition, and building of residential premises.
By Gareth Whieldon (July 2010)
Update: The building has now suffered damage due to a suspicious fire on November 28th 2010, which started in the area of the disused bingo hall. The blaze was quite severe requiring the aid of twenty fire-persons to douse the flames. A de-listed Grade II building it is now up for sale and this recent turn of events makes its future even more uncertain.
By Gareth Whieldon (November 2010)
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In the photos below we have the dilapidation of the disused building contrasted with joy of a bingo hall in full swing. Buildings are said to absorb sound and this apparently explains ghosts, and if this is true, any ghosts here will be happy ones waving their daubers, not rattling chains.
By Gareth Whieldon (September 2010)
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