Dorchester Plaza Bingo – Trinity Street

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Photograph by: Martin Tapsell (1992) - Interior of Plaza Bingo Dorchester

Date of closure: 2003

Address (for reference only):

Independent Club
Trinity Street

The history of Plaza Bingo bucks the trend, as the premises’ usage has gone around full circle, from cinema, to bingo, and back to cinema – which is quite rare. If bingo legislation changes it could even go another round of bingo – fingers crossed!

The cinema was opened in 1933, with a seating capacity of 968, which reflects Dorchester’s small population. The club lasted 25 years until it was closed in about 2003.

By Gareth Whieldon (September 2010)

2 thoughts on “Dorchester Plaza Bingo – Trinity Street

  1. In the year 1997 I was manager for the welcome bingo club. I worked for the owners having known them from york (my home town) Barry smith then moved to Dorchester, and the co- owner moved me to Banbury. I had good relations with the customers. Lots of promotions, I even took two to go on a concord flight from heathrow and back in time to play bingo.

  2. I used to work at the Plaza in 97/98 I think. It was in the evenings shouting back the numbers and handing out the payouts of 20ps. It was one of the best jobs I had, I enjoyed meeting all of the people and all of the people I worked with. I think it was Barry that used to run the place with his wife.

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