Thornton-Cleveleys Orion Bingo – Crescent West

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
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  • Photograph by: Keith Rose (August 2009) - Interior of the now closed Thornton-Cleveleys Orion Bingo - Crescent West

Date of closure: September 2009

Address (for reference only):

Independent Club
Crescent West
Blackpool
Thornton-Cleveleys
FY5 1AB

Another great bingo hall has closed down in bingo’s Lancashire stronghold. The Orion was an independent that started life in 1965 having taken over the premises from a former cinema.

The building was designed by George E Tonge, and opened as the ‘Odeon Cinema’ in 1934. In those days a cinema was more than just about watching a movie: the theatre had shops and a cafe.

Like many of our beloved land based bingo halls it has fallen prey to reduced attendance along with local competitor Empire Bingo and many of the pubs, although we hope that they don’t go the same way. Let’s hope that the premises are not completely converted and that such a classic landmark can remain as a reminder of the good old days.

By Gareth Whieldon (October 2009)

2 thoughts on “Thornton-Cleveleys Orion Bingo – Crescent West

  1. While this was all a long time ago I do still miss many of the staff and customers, as I had nearly 13 years working there as General Manager, and although no longer living on the west coast I still go back and visit whenever I can. Many happy memories will stay with me of my time at the Orion in Cleveleys.

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