Thursday, 5 January 2012

Astoria Bingo Building


It was originally a cinema called La Scala; rumour has it they used to turn the heating up towards the interval in the hope that people would buy more ice cream. It was also used as a dance hall.

Comments made when I posted a photo of the Astoria Bingo Hall in 2007 include
"astoria bingo is ok its free every monday afternoon and evening, and its half price on tuesday. the money is not up to scratch like the big bingo halls,but its ok for the dear old ladies and the food is great too and it doesnt cost an arm and a leg."

"it may be small but all it needs is a lot more people to get the prices up.the staff and the people that go to astoria bingo are great to get on with you make new friends.and the atmosphere is nice too."
Obviously it was well loved by its clientelle but not very profitable and it was closed down in 2010. The cladding on the wall is coming off and the disused building is clearly deteriorating.

This is a crop of a wider view which you can see on Geograph.

5 comments:

  1. Another grand old building left to decay. The Palladium in Llandudno was built in 1920 and was converted into a pub by the Wetherspoon chain in 2001 after closing down in 1999. Lots of the old features have been restored and retained, including the auditorium, boxes, circle, gallery fronts and ornate ceiling. Well worth a visit.

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  2. Have to agree with Geoff, I love the cinema, always have and its sad to see any old place like this left to time and the elements.

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  3. I agree, a shame to just let it die.

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  4. Turn the heat up to encourage more ice cream sales, that's a good one!! It does seem a shame that they couldn't have found some use for this sad old building, as mentioned above, it is possible.

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