Runcorn La Scala Bingo – High Street

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
  • Photograph by: Keith Rose (2010) - Exterior of the now closed Runcorn La Scala Bingo - High Street

Date of closure: 2006

Address (for reference only):

Independent Club
High Street
Runcorn
WA7 1AH

We don’t have a great deal of information about the Runcorn La Scala, but there are a few things that we know about the place. It was previously the La Scala bingo hall, which was originally a cinema. It was built in 1913 and was designed by Leonard Clegg, and the cinema lasted until 1957. The cinema then became an entertainment venue, which played host twice to the Beatles, but eventually closed in 1987.

After its conversion into a bingo hall we are not sure what happened although we do know that its closure in 2006 was at a time when many clubs were closing up and down the country. Since then there have been plans for a conversion for accommodation, and there has been a fire, but, as far as we are aware the building is still standing, although in a poor state of repair.

By Gareth Whieldon (October 2010)

Update

We’ve just found out that the premises are definitely going to be demolished to make way for flats as part of a regeneration scheme. An historical building, it has had the dome removed already, so unfortunately there’s no turning back for this cinema. More

By Gareth Whieldon (September 2012)

One thought on “Runcorn La Scala Bingo – High Street

  1. A bit of history. The 20 January 1931 slaying of Julia Wallace which remains “unsolved” has always been a talking point in Liverpool. In 1990 the BBC made a documentary drama of the case called “The Man from the Pru’” and for a brief spell the Runcorn La Scala became a picture house again whilst some scenes were shot outside. The case is at uk.imdb.com/title/tt0097822a>

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