London – Gala Bingo Crystal Palace – Church Road

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Photograph by: Martin Tapsell - Interior of the now closed London, Crystal Palace Gala Bingo - Church Road

Date of closure: 21st June 2009

Address (for reference only):

Gala Bingo
Church Road
Crystal Palace
SE19 2TE

Crystal Palace Gala Bingo Hall has closed as a result of a Gala Bingo ‘restructuring exercise’, and accompanies other closures in the company’s bid to combat falling profits, and retain the chain’s overall financial viability.

Local residents were hoping that the premises would be returned to their original purpose, a cinema which closed in 1968, and have got together to petition the local council and have even ventured into the world of a ‘Facebook support group’.

Although interest in the premises had been expressed by a cinema company, unfortunately supporters’ actions have been to no avail, and the premises have been bought by an evangelical church. This sadly leaves local residents with nowhere to play bingo, or watch the movies.

By Gareth Whieldon (March 2010)


We’re are not exactly sure what has gone on in the interim, but it appears that buyers of the venue were not given planning permission to change the usage to that of a place of worship. And, meanwhile, campaigners have succeeded in getting the premises listed as “an asset of community value”. So it looks like although it’s unlikely to be returned to it’s previous bingo hall status, at least it will be a place of community entertainment, as there are plans afoot to revert the premises to cinema usage.

By Gareth Whieldon (April 2014)


Three years on, the building has not been converted into a place of worship as planning permission has been denied (twice) for a ‘change of use’. The result of this is that the owners Kingsway International Christian Centre, have decided to sell up. This potentially paves the way for the venue returning as a cinema if a suitable new owner steps forward. Although the building is listed as an asset of community value (ASV) this does not however tie the church into selling to a community based enterprise. However, any new owners will likely be again bound by council planning regulations. Watch this space for more news on the fate of the old Gala Bingo site.

By Gareth Whieldon (July 2017)

7 thoughts on “London – Gala Bingo Crystal Palace – Church Road

  1. I used to work at this hall where I met some nice people. It’s a shame this hall closed. Worked with great people. Wondering if anybody remember me as I have moved to Blackpool.

  2. I remember working at this hall in the early 90’s and I remember you Albert. Lovely place to work remember Nick, the two Michaels, Irish Andy Bruce, Rodney was a boss time.

  3. I worked at Gala Crystal Palace twice where I met some nice people and worked with great people. I love to hear from members or my ex work friends. Someone remember me, and a James? I remember Bruce, Nick, Michael, Sandra Linda and few more. Love to hear from them. It’s shame the club has closed down.

  4. I used to work at this bingo hall. Shame it’s closed down. I worked with great people. Met some lovely people. Love to hear from anyone who knew me.

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