Humans are fascinated by the idea of turning something old into something new. We see it in art, fashion, technology, and even in the movies, such as Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which is a new take on the real-life stories of celebrities like Sharon Tate and Bruce Lee. Additionally, iconic landmarks have turned into restaurants, including a KC-97 Boeing airplane in Colorado, USA, that seats 42 individuals for dinner. Other countries, including the United Kingdom, are converting beautiful buildings into new establishments like bingo halls.
Why Bingo Halls?
Bingo in the United Kingdom continues to be a fan favorite, and a driving force in its modern popularity is the sheer number of casino platforms that offer online bingo in the UK and Ireland. Most of the major platforms offer different bingo variations, including slingo. Slingo is a unique version of bingo that combines elements of slot games.
That said, the growth of the online bingo market in the UK and Ireland has inspired a resurgence in businesses turning beautiful buildings into bingo halls as they pivot towards targeting the 18-30 demographic. The recent opening of Hijingo Bingo in London, which looks more like a Tokyo-inspired nightclub with its neon-soaked aesthetic than a conventional bingo hall, demonstrated this comeback.
A Look At The Iconic Buildings Transformed Into Bingo Halls
The United Kingdom has stunning architecture, and several iconic buildings have been constructed into bingo halls. These buildings have been completely transformed, but they have managed to keep their history and charm. Take the Apollo Bingo Club in Rhyl, Wales. The bingo hall started as an Odeon Cinema in 1937 before changing management and getting renamed to the Astra Cinema. In 1995, the cinema shut down, and it was turned into a bingo hall that has only gotten more stylish over the years as it now includes electronic bingo cards and paper cards.
Another example is the now, unfortunately, closed Mecca Bingo on Hackney Road. Celebrated British architect Andrew Mather designed the building, and it opened in 1939 as one of 12 London theatres before Mecca Bingo purchased the cinema decades later. Interestingly, several of the original 12 theatres have been constructed into bingo halls, including the Troxy in Stepney. The Troxy was used for bingo in the 1980s before converting to a music venue in the early 2000s.
There are two guarantees in the United Kingdom: bingo is always going to be popular, and the country has some of the world’s most specular buildings and architecture that are just waiting to be converted into something new. Clearly, bingo halls are making a comeback; the modern-day designs have started to appeal to new demographics, so it would not be surprising to see more former cinemas or restaurants converted throughout the country into the latest and hottest bingo spot.