Date of closure: 1985
Address (for reference only):
High Street North
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 Manor Park. We do however know a bit about the venue’s history.
The venue was originally the rather small, 600 seater Coronation Electric Theatre which was opened in 1911. The Theatre closed in 1920, and was expanded to a become a 1,900 seater. Renamed the New Coronation Cinema, it was reopened in 1921, with a Baroque interior, and 3 dressing rooms to accommodate variety acts.
Originally under ownership of Abraham’s Suburban Super Cinemas, in 1929 it was, like many cinemas, taken over by the ABC group. One of the first cinemas to show ‘talkies’, and from 1938, the theatre element of the business gave way to full time cinema.
In 1968 the cinema closed, and a year later was reopened as Mecca Bingo, which closed in 1985. It then became a snooker club which only lasted for 3 years. A listed building, it reopened as a banqueting hall, although we are not sure if it is still open. Despite some damage over the years, as you can see from the picture below, the building is still in fairly good condition, and is obviously worth preserving.
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By Gareth Whieldon (August 2012)
Other Lost Halls In The Area
The first set of images below were discovered by Peter Gauci who worked at the club for a while, and managed several other Mecca Bingo clubs. He found the images on Flickr, and Dusashenka the owner of the images kindly agreed to let us put them on our website. Dusashenka has a great collection of photographs old cinemas which can be seen here. The last two were kindly sent to us by Margaret Young who went to the cinema as a child while her mother worked there as the ice cream lady.
Still standing, as you can see it is a marvelous building and hopefully one that will continue to be preserved for years to come.
If you have any photos from this lost hall, be it of its interior, the staff, special events, parties, customers and more; and you’d like to share them here, please contact us to arrange adding them to the site.