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Old 18th August 2011
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Lightbulb Balby, Doncaster - November 1962

The Sheffield Star has a feature on the Windsor Cinema in Balby a suburb of Doncaster.

Bingo sessions replace movies as bosses decide to turn Windsor Cinema into casino
"At the beginning of November 1962 it was revealed that the cinema was to be renamed the Windsor Casino and would be open each night except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with bingo sessions starting at 7.45pm and roulette around 9.15pm. Workmen moved in after the last film showing on Sunday, November 4, and by working night and day had the casino ready the following Thursday. The screen was removed and the roulette tables installed on the stage area with the bingo players in the large auditorium."

Their recruitment policy was interesting.

"He said: “We are installing continental-style tables and bringing in trained croupiers at first, but we shall be recruiting local people, who will eventually take over.
“We are looking for glamorous and intelligent young ladies and smart young men, who are good at figures, to operate the tables and we are keeping on all the existing staff in one capacity or another.” "

Let's see if I can find an image...

Epic fail, best I can do is

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