Saturday, 19 January 2013

After the fire

The Kings Bingo Hall on Briggate in Shipley caught fire on Thursday evening, 17th January at around 8.30pm It was well alight by the time 30 firefighters arrived. At the inferno’s height, 60 firefighters were tackling the flames which led to the collapse of the 1930s building’s floors.
The A657 was closed in both directions between A6038 Otley Road and B6149 Crag Road. Police said there was no vehicle access to Shipley railway station.

Here is the building being demolished on this morning.

The Shipley Picture House Company opened this state ot the art 1200 seater cinema on the 5th September 1932. The front elevation was built of Rustic Brick and Cream Terra Cotta faience tiling which was illuminated with floodlights. The front facade 130 feet long with a wrought iron and glass canopy the full length. This massive frontage also housed five self contained small shop units plus a sweets/tobacco shop to the right of the cinema entrance.
The Glen Royal closed as a cinema in 1962, It was to reopen as the Glen casino in 1963.
In 1974 the casino became the EMI Bingo, and Social Club.
The Glen building finally closed it's doors as Kings Bingo on January 30th 2005.

Here is a photograph of the derelict building taken in May 2012

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