London – Mecca Bingo Hackney – Mare Street

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Exterior of the now closed London Hackney Mecca Bingo - Mare Street

Date of closure: 1986

Address (for reference only):

Mecca Bingo
Mare Street
E8 1EJ

At the moment we do not have details of the events that led up to, or any of the circumstances surrounding the closure of Mecca Bingo Hackney. We do however know a bit about the venue’s history.

Opened in 1901, the Hackney Empire was a large theatre with seating capacity of over 1,000. It’s main function being a theatre, it did also show films; in fact the venue was originally designed with a projection box.

The building was also used as a television studio after its closure in 1963, and then as a Mecca Bingo hall, which opened in 1963, but sadly closed in 1986. The good news is that despite the demise of bingo, entertainment lives on in the form of theatre, and the building has been restored.

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. If you let us know what you know, we will put the details online with your name credited (if you wish, or we can credit the article as anonymous). You will be doing a service to the bingo community and posterity by helping us record details of all Britain’s bingo clubs and halls. Thank you.

By Gareth Whieldon (August 2012)

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