Date of closure: TBC
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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 Gala Bingo Harrow, but we do know a bit about about the venue’s history.
The club was on the premises of what used to be the Dominion Cinema which opened in 1936, with seating for 2,500, which made it one of the larger cinemas of the day. The facade of the building’s exterior was quite unique, and was the result of the imagination of architect Frederick E. Bromige. There were 12 dressing rooms to accommodate variety artists, and a stage depth of 29 feet. It was taken over and renamed by ABC in 1962, who were the owners when it closed in 1972.
Bingo entered the building in 1972, when the venue was split for bingo and cinema use. The Safari Cinema which operated alongside the bingo club showed Bollywood films, so if you’d never seen one, you could have had a day out at the ‘flicks’, and the bingo, all under one roof.
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By Gareth Whieldon (September 2015)