Date of closure: July 2020
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Buzz Bingo (Lost Halls)
Located in the centre of the town, Worcester Buzz Bingo resides in what used to be the Gaumont Theatre. The Gaumont opened in 1935 with over 1,700 seats, and the exterior of the building is quite unique as it is Georgian style, whereas most cinemas built around the period were either Neoclassical or Art Deco in design. The interior however was Art Deco, and the auditorium was also equipped for live performance, having a rather large 40 foot deep stage, and theatre organ. The theatre was converted into a bingo hall in 1974 by Rank, proceeded by Gala Bingo and then Buzz Bingo up until its closure in 2020.
It was announced that this club would close on the 15th of July 2020, one of 26 Buzz Bingo clubs which were victims of the prolonged lock-down of 2020 to combat the spread of Covid 19. Buzz Bingo CEO Chris Matthews took the decision to close the clubs to protect the other 91 clubs in the chain, as part of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), with the aim to shore-up the business going forward. You can read more on the closures here.
Having been converted from a cinema, the layout of the club harks back to that time with a balcony and deco wall decorations. In the photos below you can pick out the details which suggest its past. Photographers unknown.