Liverpool – Dingle Top Rank Bingo – Park Road

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Exterior of the now closed Dingle Top Rank Bingo - Park Road
  • Photograph by: Uncredited (Handout) - Interior of Top Rank Bingo Dingle (estimated early 1980s)

Date of closure: 2 April 1997

Address (for reference only):

Top Rank Bingo
Park Road
L8 4UE

We are not sure what happened to this club although we can hazard a guess that as it was a Top Rank Bingo Club it was probably taken over as Mecca Bingo in the mid 1990s. This is guesswork, so if we are wrong please let us know. We do however know that the bingo hall was previously, as many were, a cinema.

Originally the Gaumont Cinema, it opened in 1937 with a capacity of over fifteen hundred. Crammed with Art Deco light fittings, the interior ceiling had a dome, and the proscenium was an impressive 45 feet wide. There was a fully functional orchestra pit for accompaniment to silent films, and this was enhanced by a Wurlitzer 2Manual/6 Ranks organ. The last film to be shown was “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines” before the cinema closed in 1966 and ownership was transferred to Rank who converted the premises into a bingo hall.

Bingo continued at this site until 1997, when a new Mecca Bingo was opened further up Park Road on the site of the old Leo’s/Pioneer supermarket. That hall was only open a short time before it closed and was replaced by the Tesco Extra. To our knowledge the Gaumont building is now the site of a community centre, although we are not sure of the building’s present condition, or whether any of the original features remain.

By Gareth Whieldon (August 2010)

One thought on “Liverpool – Dingle Top Rank Bingo – Park Road

  1. Became a Mecca Bingo following Top Ranks Acquisition of Mecca. Closed in 1998 and relocated to a new Mecca Bingo on the opposite side of the road, a little closer to Liverpool. This subsequently also closed when the site was sold to Tesco, was demolished and a new superstore stands on the site. The original Top Rank still stands, although vandalised inside. O2 use the tower for a mast.

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