Penrith Opera Bingo – Middlegate

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Photograph by: Ian Grundy - Exterior of the now closed Penrith Opera Bingo - Middlegate

Date of closure: Circa 2011

Address (for reference only):

Opera Bingo
CA11 7PT

At the moment we do not have full details of the events that led up to the closure of the Opera Bingo Penrith, except for the fact that like many other clubs it became no longer profitable. We do however know a bit about the venue’s past.

Originally opened as the Alhambra Theatre in 1906, and was became both a cinema and a venue for live performances such as variety. In 1971 it became the Regent Cinema, but by 1984 the building was split for bingo usage. It was taken over by Lonsdale cinemas in 2007, and although they closed the bingo club due to falling profits, the cinema remains open due to the support from local protestors.

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By Gareth Whieldon (January 2013)

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