Date of closure: Demolished 1981
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We have to be honest that although we think that this club was owned by Mecca Bingo, we are not 100% sure of the fact, and if you could enlighten us, please do so by clicking on the link in the paragraph below. We do know that the club was once Star Bingo, which opened in 1966 in the premises of a closed cinema, and we do have some background information on the building’s previous incarnation as the Clifton Cinema.
The building originally opened as an abattoir, but in 1863 was reopened as a 2,000 seater theatre, the ‘Prince Of Wales’. After a bit of fire damage it was rebuilt and reopened as the Hippodrome Theatre, which also featured circus acts. The unlucky building suffered another fire in 1913, and again underwent a rebuild in 1913. With the popularity of cinema gaining in the 1930s the venue changed to a cinema which operated under the name New Theatre Royal from 1931 to 1938. After a takeover by Clifton Cinemas it became the Clifton in 1948, a name which stuck until the final change of ownership to Star Cinemas in 1966. Star Cinemas however set about immediately changing the operation to bingo, and it is somewhere between 1966, and the building’s (sad) demolition in 1981 that we believe that Mecca Bingo took over.
If you have any details that may assist us, and you would like to share them with our readers, we would love to hear from you, particularly if you can set us straight on the issue of whether or not the Star Bingo was actually taken over by Mecca Bingo. If you let us know what you know, we will put the details online with your name credited (if you wish, or we can credit the article as anonymous). You will be doing a service to the bingo community and posterity by helping us record details of all Britain’s bingo clubs and halls. Thank you.
By Gareth Whieldon (March 2012)