Date of closure: 27th February 2007
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Mecca Bingo’s Hounslow club had a good run of 45 years before closing in 2007. The club was located in the Dominion Cinema which closed down in 1961. With seating for over two thousand, it was a very big cinema that also catered for theatre. Opening in 1931, it was another example of architect Frederick E. Bromige’s Art Deco style theatres, which became the most popular design style for cinemas for at least a decade. The venue was fully equipped, with a cafe, dressing roms, and a Wurlitzer organ.
In 1937, the cinema was taken over by Odeon, at a time when many independent cinemas were being taken over either by Odeon, or ABC cinemas. The last film to be shown was “Snow White and the Three Clowns” starring Carol Heiss. Sadly, despite the popularity of the bingo club, it did fall prey to the economic problems of the mid 2000s, and it was eventually demolished.
By Gareth Whieldon (July 2010)
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The photograph below shows what looks like a quiet evening in Hownslow’s Mecca Bingo before it closed. Fruit machines in the background, but there doesn’t appear to be any electronic bingo going on. The view is from the stage, so unfortunately we can’t see any calling going on. Are you in this picture, do you have any tales to tell us about the club? If so, please contact us, we’d love to hear from you.
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