Arcade Cinema

32-37 Skinnergate,
Darlington, DL3 7NR

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Arcade Cinema, Darlington. 2013.

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The Arcade Cinema was built by Gale & Company Ltd. chain, and opened in August 1912. Initially it had seating for 800 provided on a single floor. In 1913, a 500-seat balcony was added.

By 1922, it had bee taken over by the Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) chain. There was also a dance hall attached. In February 1929 PCT were taken over by the Gaumont British Theatres chain.

The Arcade Cinema was closed by Circuits Management Association(soon to be the Rank Organisation) on 11th August 1956. It was converted into the Majestic Ballroom in October 1956.

It became a Top Rank Bingo Club in the 1960’s, and today is operated as a Gala Bingo Club.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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