Coventry Gala Bingo – Hales Street

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished

Date of closure: Circa 2000

Address (for reference only):

Gala Bingo
Hales Street

At the moment we do not many details of the events that led up to, or any of the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Gala Bingo Coventry, but we do know a bit about about the venue’s history.

With over 2,100 seat, the Coventry Hippodrome Theatre was a large venue which opened in 1906. It had an impressive twelve dressing rooms, and a 39 foot deep stage, and became one of the most popular theatres in the Midlands.

It was taken over in 1967 by the Grade Organisation, and again in 1979 by Paul Gregg’s Apollo Theatre Company, who changed the name to the Coventry Apollo. Due to competition it closed in 1985, and Granada Bingo took over, and at some point between then and 2000 Gala Bingo took over. The building was demolished after the council gave Gala a compulsory purchase order in 2000.

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By Gareth Whieldon (February 2013)

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