Date of closure: 8th September 1967
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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 Alpha Bingo Leicester, but we do know a bit about about the venue’s history.
The venue originally opened as the Trocadero Cinema in 1931. Designed by a Manchester architect and built by a local builder, the cinema had seating for 400 and a 50 foot wide proscenium. The ABC chain took over in the late thirties, eventually converting it into a bingo hall. it was however damaged by fire in September 1967. We do know that the venue was popular as on the night of the fire 750 players had to be led to safety, which equates to a full house. The club did close after the fire and was demolished not long after.
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By gareth Whieldon (December 2016)