Date of closure: 1993
Address (for reference only):
Top Rank Bingo
At the moment we do not have details of the events that led up to, or any of the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Top Rank Bingo Hackney, but we do know a bit about the venue’s past. The building was originally a chapel, which was converted into a theatre (photo on our gallery page). Built in 1777, in 1912 St. Thomas’s Square Presbyterian Chapel became the Empress Electric Theatre.
Originally seating 1,100, the insides were completely rebuilt in 1933 when it was closed for a transformation by renowned cinema architect George Coles. Seating was increased by over 500, and the design was Art Deco. It was purchased by the Essoldo chain in 1955 but only lasted for 12 years before closing. Originally opening as Essoldo Bingo, it’s last owners being Top Rank Bingo. Unfortunately since the closure of Top Rank Bingo in 1993 the building has been demolished, and flats have been built on the site.
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By Gareth Whieldon (January 2013)