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The old Mecca Bingo hall in Islington

15.07.2010

If youíre a Londoner you will probably know the huge building in Islington most famous as the Mecca bingo hall and earlier cinema. Well, itís deteriorating to such a vast extent that its now been added to the "at risk" register.

Mecca Bingo stopped operating from the premises when it moved out in March 2007, and ever since,
the Grade II listed building has sat empty.

The gorgeous building, which was designed by architect George Coles, first opened its doors in the 1930ís as the Carlton Cinema. In 1972 it was transformed into the Mecca Bingo Hall until 2007 whn it closed in lieu of the public smoking ban which they were concerned would affect the turn out and a concurrent drop in takings.

The new owners, - the evangelical church have made repeated promises to complete the necessary works that will bring the building back to its former glory, but as of yet, there are no changes. English Heritage have now stepped in but the church is defending itself by saying the reason work has been so delayed is because they are waiting for the green light from the planning permission department at Islington Council.

It is believed the building was bought by the church for £5million with plans for a church, plus movie cinema, conference facilities and a venue for the community.

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