Date of closure: 9th October 2011
Address (for reference only):
High Street West
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 Mecca Bingo Wallsend, but we do know a bit about about the venue’s history.
The club originally opened in 1939 as the Ritz Cinema, which had seating for over 1,600 patrons. An Art Deco style cinema it was designed by Percy L. Browne, Son and Harding, who were noted cinema architects across the north east.
The cinema closed in 1962, and like many which closed during the period it was taken over by Mecca who converted it for bingo use. It almost lasted forty years, but closed in 2011. The building still stands, although we are not sure of it’s condition, or wether or not it is being used.
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By Gareth Whieldon (September 2013)
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Below are three images of the Wallsend Mecca Bingo – High Street West supplied by Playing Bingo contributor Ian Grundy.