Newcastle upon Tyne Gala Bingo – Westgate Road

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Photograph by: newcastlelibraries - Exterior of the now closed Newcastle Upon Tyne Gala Bingo - Westgate Road

Date of closure: Circa 2005

Address (for reference only):

Gala Bingo
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

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 Gala Bingo Newcastle upon Tyne, but we do know a bit about about the venue’s history.

The club opened originally as a cinema, the Picture House in 1912. It closed fifteen years later and reopened as the New Westgate Cinema. It had a seating capacity of over 1,800, it’s interior design being of a Roman theme. A year later (1929) it was, like many cinemas, taken over by the Gaumont Chain.

The Gaumont closed in 1959, and the club became the Majestic Ballroom, which hosted live acts including the Beatles on three occasions. In 2005 after the closure of Gala Bingo the venue reopened as the Academy, a live act venue.

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