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Bingo Hall in Hackney Road soon to be Closed After Operating for More than Half a Century

Bingo Hall in Hackney Road soon to be Closed After Operating for More than Half a Century

Written by: Emilija Zivulovic on 05/06/2015 11:00
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Bingo players in Hoxton are left devastated after learning that their beloved bingo hall in Hackney Road will be closed next month. Even though this old Art Deco building and a former cinema, has been operating as a bingo hall for more than half a century and still brings in hundreds of players, the managers had to send out a letter to its members in which they said the hall in Hackney Road would be closing next month as it had been "struggling for some time".

As regular Makada Johnson, an accountant from Bethnal Green had pointed out: "Trade shops are being replaced by wine bars and cafes. It's 100 per cent gentrification of the area.

"It's devastating and heartbreaking, but at the same time amazing that it lasted this long. Over the last seven years Hackney Road has dramatically changed and the bingo hall was one of the last traditional bits of the area”

In a letter to members, John Dyson, operations director at Mecca Bingo, said: "It's with great regret that I have to inform you of the proposed closure of Mecca Hackney Road. We never take a decision to close a club lightly.

"However, the Hackney Road club has been struggling for some time. We have received a competitive offer from the landlord of the site to terminate our lease. This offer makes good commercial sense for the business."

The building was open to the public in 1938 as a 1,920-seater Odeon cinema. It changed its purpose in 1961, converting into a Top Rank bingo club as the first purpose-built cinema to be transformed into a bingo hall in the country.

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