Date of closure: TBC
Address (for reference only):
Great Junction Street
At the moment we do not have details of the events that led up to, or any of the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Mecca Bingo Edinburgh. We do however know a bit about the building’s past.
Originally opened as the State Cinema in 1938, the venue had seating for 1,700. An independent cinema, it had a modern design, and was probably one of the earlier departures from Art Deco and Neo Classical design. It also predated today’s entertainment venues, as there was a skittle alley as well as shops on the premises.
It had a fair sized proscenium, a unique lighting system, and the cinema did quite well to last until its closure in 1972. It was then converted into a bingo hall, although we are not sure how long the venture lasted before closing and reopening as a nightclub. Now a Grade B listed building it was last operating as a snooker hall, which, to the best of our knowledge, still continues.
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By Gareth Whieldon (October 2012)
The building has been acquired by Glencairn Properties who are in the process of applying for planning permission to convert the premises into a residential project. The housing would retain the exterior facade, and the foyer would also be retained as an entrance to the project which would contain a number of social housing properties. This is the second such development proposal, the first being in 2005, so we will see if this actually happens before writing the building off for good as a community resource (it’s last usage after the closure of the nightclub being as a church).
By Gareth Whieldon (August 2017)