London – Bethnal Green Essoldo Bingo – Bethnal Green Road

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Photograph by: Charles S. P. Jenkins - Exterior of the now closed London, Bethnal Green Essoldo Bingo - Bethnal Green Road

Date of closure: Circa 1990

Address (for reference only):

Independent Club
Bethnal Green Road
Bethnal Green
E2 6AH

At the moment we do not have details of the events that led up to, or any of the circumstances surrounding the closure of Essoldo Bingo Bethnal Green, but we do know a bit about about the venue’s history.

The Essoldo opened in 1913 as an independent under the name Smart’s Picture House with seating for over 800 patrons. There were two dressing rooms, so the venue was also equipped for live performances. In 1938 renowned cinema architect George Coles redesigned the facade and created the one we can see in the picture below.

The interior was also changed to an Art Deco style which included ceiling and wall alterations. After the refurbishment it opened as the Rex Cinema and lasted 11 years until it was taken over in 1949 by the Essoldo chain. The Essoldo Cinema closed in 1964, and converted into a bingo hall which closed in 1990. The building still stands, and now a soft furnishings outlet.

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