Wiltshire

Former Swindon Mecca Bingo hall to become music venue

Old Mecca Bingo hall
Image caption The hall opened as a cinema in 1929 and was converted to a bingo hall in 1974

A former bingo hall in Swindon town centre is to be converted into a music venue.

The old Mecca Bingo hall on Regent Circus, which was sold to the borough council, has been closed since April 2008.

A consortium of local businessmen have now signed a lease and it is expected to open in November as a 2,000-capacity venue.

It opened as a cinema in 1929 and and was named the Gaumont in the 1950s.

It became the Odeon in 1962 and was converted to a bingo hall in 1974.

Work to remove asbestos from the building was undertaken in February.

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