London – Gala Bingo Clapham – St. John’s Hill

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Photograph by: Martin Tapsell - Interior of the now closed London, Clapham Gala Bingo - St. Johns Hill

Date of closure: 22nd December 1997

Address (for reference only):

Gala Bingo
St John's Hill
Clapham
London
SW11 1TT

Before Gala Bingo took over, the Clapham Granada had been one of the UK’s largest theatres. Not only was it large in its 2475 seating capacity, but it was also grand in its design. 18 dressing rooms were available for visiting actors and artistes.

The theatre was opened in 1937 by the Duchess of Kent, to a band and Wurlitzer. A building of notable architecture, the exterior was in the Art Deco style created by Leslie C. Norton and H.B. Horner.

The interior was renaissance style with a great amount of wall decoration, including paintings. Like many other large urban cinemas it had its own cafe, and unusually, a car park.

The cinema closed in 1980, and became Granada Bingo, which was taken over by Gala in 1991. It only lasted another six years as a bingo hall before closing in 1998. Although it has listed building status its exterior may have its visage altered with the proposed addition of apartments suspended above the building.

By Gareth Whieldon (September 2010)

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