Crystal Palace Campaigners Call For Cinema

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 107 months ago
Crystal Palace Campaigners Call For Cinema

We're not calling it a trend quite yet, but campaigners in Crystal Palace are following the marker set down by Walthamstowites trying to save Hitchcock's cinema by campaiging for a local bingo hall to be transformed into a picture palace. In a welcome reversal of the usual cinema —> bingo hall makeover, the local populace want the venue to go from hosting the bingo-wing brigade to fans of the latest Michael Bay flick; however, competition comes in the form of an evangelical church, the Kingsway International Christian Centre (last seen squatting at Walthamstow Stadium), who have purchased the site. Campaigners argue that a cinema would be more widely popular in the local community, and question the wisdom of establishing yet another church in an area in which mothballs are already collecting on numerous other unvisited pews.

Last Updated 29 June 2009


The bingo hall was built as The Rialto cinema in 1928 and you can read a little about the cinema's history and the campaign to save it and Crystal Palace from being taken over by a mega-church at www.campaign.picture-palace.or....