London – Gala Bingo Woolwich – Powis Street

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Exterior of the now closed London, Woolwich Gala Bingo - Powis Street

Date of closure: 30th July 2011

Address (for reference only):

Gala Bingo
Powis Street
SE18 6NL

Gala Bingo Woolwich closed on 30th July 2011, Gala having been made an offer for the building which was financially too hard for them to refuse. The club was located in the premises of what was once the Granada Theatre.

Although main usage was theatre, films were shown at the theatre and in later years it was used for pop concerts. From the early sixties bingo ‘crept in’ on week nights for a trial period, although this could not have been a great success as full-time cinema screening resumed in 1965. However, a year later Granada converted the venue to bingo, and were taken over by Gala Bingo in May 1991, during one of the last waves of cinema buy outs.

A listed building, it is now owned by a church, the transfer of the usage of bingo premises to a place of worship now being quite a common occurrence. Although we lament the demise of any bingo club or hall, at least this one is likely to have its original features kept, and we wish the new owners the best of luck.

If you have any further details that may assist us, and you would like to share them with our readers, we would love to hear from you.

By Gareth Whieldon (July 2012)

One thought on “London – Gala Bingo Woolwich – Powis Street

  1. I think that this venue is one of the most glorious buildings built. It is a startling example of the ‘Granada style’. I can only imagine what it must have been like watching a film made in CinemaScope here! I saw it as a Bingo Hall and it was a very warm and welcoming place. I am happy to see that it has not been insulted by the wrecker’s ball!

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