Bingo is dead! Bring back live music!
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Has anyone ever walked passed the magnificent building which is now known as Gala Bingo? It was built as a cinema in 1934 just before the war. It has lavishly decorated interiors by Theodore Komisarjevsky. There were less than 20 theatres built for the Granada chain, of which Shrewsbury was number 5.
It has a 593 upper circle and accommodates 932 patrons below. That is a total of 1525 people. The top deck is unfortunately no longer allowed to be used due to fire and safety regulations, however this can be rectified with properly managed regulations, such as taking away some seats and minimising the number of people up there.
Personally when I went in on a busy night there was no more than a maximum of 100 people there. Contrarily, when it was a cinema/theatre there were routine ques around the block to see the latest movie/band. During the 60's and 70's many bands such as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles played there. Surely a building of this history should not decay in such sad manner. We should be celebrating the history of our past and move into the future.
We are in desperate need for a 1500+ venue in Shropshire for bands to tour through. Unfortunately the Buttermarket is not a viable option as it can only accommodate around 650 people at maximum. We could accommodate 1300 people downstairs whilst still having a 200+ VIP balcony area bringing it back to it's glory days.
As a whole this would be beneficial to Shrewsbury town, bringing in more custom to local pubs etc. The train station is a two miniute walk across the road which is ideal for visitors.
It may sound unfortunate to those who are members of gala bingo, however the club itself could easily be moved to a smaller venue.
Your Grandparents probably went to this venue and can tell you fantastic stories. All we want to do is rekindle that, lets put Shrewsbury back on the map!
Kind regards, Maisy Tallon, Laura Thackaberry & Raphael Rose-Terry.
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