Whitstable Kings Bingo – Oxford Street

This Club Is Closed Or Demolished
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  • Photograph by: Martin Tapsell (1998) - Interior of the now closed Whitstable Kings Bingo - Oxford Street

Date of closure: Circa June 2010

Address (for reference only):

Independent Club
Oxford Street
Whitestable
CT5 1DB

Kings Bingo did quite well to last until 2010 as many independent clubs didn’t survive much more than a few months after the smoking ban. Luckily there are still many clubs operating and if they have weathered the storm for this long hopefully they are here to stay.

The Kings started life as a 850 seat cinema which opened as the Oxford Picture Hall in 1912. Although quite small it was apparently rather ornate on the inside which was quite common at the time. The cinema was rebuilt in 1936 under the guidance of W. Bishop, a local architect, and continued to show films until its closure in 1962, when it became a part-time bingo hall.

Kings Bingo lasted for quite a while until its recent closure, and the premises have since been bought by Wetherspoons who have secured planning permission for a pub conversion.

By Gareth Whieldon (December 2010)

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