London – Mecca Bingo Forest Hill – London Road

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Photograph by: Martin Tapsell (1990) - London, Forest Hill Mecca Bingo - London Road

Date of closure: December 1996

Address (for reference only):

Mecca Bingo
London Road
Forest Hill
London
SE23 3TW

With a run of 18 years, Mecca Bingo in Forest Hill had a reasonable innings until in 1996 it fell victim to the economic factors that forced many clubs to close.

A former suburban cinema, the Capitol was quite large with a capacity of over sixteen hundred. Opening in 1929, it was of the Neoclassical style which was quite a common design theme of the time. There were three dressing rooms as the cinema also catered for variety performances, and it had a cafe.

In 1933 ABC Cinemas took over. The last film to be shown was “Scarecrow” when it closed in 1973 – a bad year for cinemas everywhere. It is now a Wetherspoons bar, and many of the original features remain.

By Gareth Whieldon (September 2010)

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