Date of closure: September 1986
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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 Mecca Bingo Leyton. We do however know a bit about the venue’s history.
With only 830 seats, the Scala Cinema was a relatively small cinema. Opened it in 1913, it was geographically located in Walthamstow, but advertised itself as a Leyton cinema, as it was just on the edge of the area.
In 1931 it became the Plaza, and in 1961 the Cameo Cinema. The Cameo closed in 1963, and Mecca Bingo took over and converted the premises, the business lasting until 1986.
Over the years the building’s condition has deteriorated, however a church took over in 2004, and have done a good job in restoring it to its former glory (as you can see from the image below). Luckily, the building is now also listed Grade II.
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By Gareth Whieldon (August 2012)