Sunday, November 18, 2007

Gala Bingo in wreck and ruin.

A once thriving art-deco inspired theatre on Portland Rd spent many years as a bingo hall. With the advent of online gambling and non-smoking laws the bingo trade is in peril!

Sadly this once quite pretty building now stands forlorn.
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  1. Unfortunately, these old traditional bingo halls are disappearing all too frequently. The decline can't be blamed solely on the smoking ban though - these halls have been losing their customers to the bigger mega bingo sites for many years now. A similar fate befell the small hall I worked at back in 1992! It's very sad to see the halls go. We have a nice feature on bingo hall architecture here that may be of interest to anyone who's a fan of such buildings.

  2. this is opposite our old junior school .......
    Once upon a time it was a cinema !!!

    Paul Jackson's brother Graeme(tlv)

  3. There are rumours that bingo is being banned in the US, is that true?
    In the UK, bingo has suffered in recent months due to the ban on smoking in public places, causing smoking customers to either go outside for a cig and face the harsh cold (not a good move for the aged) or stay at home and not play, thus reducing the Bingo Cash prizes and the money for charity. But banning bingo completely is ridiculous! It is a very mind form of gambling at the most! If you’re going to ban bingo then the lottery has to go too surely? Isn’t that gambling?
    Bingo is a number game, based on pure luck, so really it’s not even similar to other gambling games such as poker and sports betting. It’s just like buying a lottery ticket just you have to get more numbers! So then why is it such a problem? Its just takes away the older generations entertainment while the younger generations indulge in perfectly “legal” things like DRUGS! Can they not see which the bigger problem is?

  4. I realy feel for the gamblers in the US. I cant beleive your Congress banned all banks and credit card companies from accepting transactions from online gambling sites which makes you unable to play online poker. What a bunch of hypocrites your state government are. They have the largest gambling operations with lotto, keno, etc. If they truly believed their rhetoric about internet gambling they would cut out the state operations also. And now they are bringing in a law to legalise slot machines. Personally I would have a big grudge against any party that stopped me from playing on a online poker site. I think there must be some way for you guys to get around this problem. Must make you wonder if you are living in the land of the free when it seems the government has full control on what it will and wont let you do.


  6. Iv started playing internet bingo games recently and im starting to become a big fan, it’s a great way to spend a few hours in the evening if I cant be bothered to leave the house! There are loads of good free online bingo sites I find new ones all the time.

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