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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List Entry Number: 1381793



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: The City of Brighton and Hove
District Type: Unitary Authority

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 20-Dec-1985

Date of most recent amendment: 26-Aug-1999

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 482157

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577-1/39/520 (East side)
20/12/85 Nos.52-58 (Consecutive)
Mecca Bingo
(Formerly Listed as:
Former Hippodrome)


Brighton ice rink, now bingo hall. Opened in 1897. Enlarged
and converted into a circus and theatre called The Hippodrome
in 1901, architect Frank Matcham; further enlarged by the
addition of 2 houses to the north in 1939. Probably brick,
stone, and/or terracotta all now painted, and the greater part
of the building now rendered; roof obscured by parapet. Apart
from the 1939 enlargement, the building is symmetrical and
laid out on a long front along Middle Street; there are 3
EXTERIOR: the central part under a lean-to roof consists
essentially of 3 elliptical arches at the centre with fluted
pilasters, pulvinated frieze and moulded archivolt; the 2
outer arches give onto flat-arched entrances; the central arch
encloses a window with sidelights and fanlight, all with
decorative leaded glass; in the sides of the 2 porches are
decorative panels of opalescent glass lettered 'HIPPODROME'.
On either side of this porch, one flat-arched window with
central mullion; cornice of egg-and-dart moulding; the
building rises at the back above the lean-to roof with a
central panel lettered 'HIPPODROME' set forward; dentil and
modillion cornice; blocking course, raised at the centre and
now much altered.
Flanking the centre are 3-storey tower-like elements with a
flat-arched entrance at the bottom, the entrance framed by
pilasters, cornice and pediment and having panelled door of
original design; 2 flat-arched windows above and one door
above that; on the inner side is what looks like a large
chimneystack, now finished off with new brickwork to the
The outer elements are a pair of single-storey entrances; the
entrance itself 4-centred, the mouldings dying into a chamfer
at the side; panelled doors of original design to the
left-hand entrance and original 3-sided decorative lamps
above; entrances framed by blocked Ionic engaged columns with
pulvinated frieze and modillion cornice; the columns continue
as engaged blocked antae above the cornice flanking a broad
cartouche, the outline of which is marked by putti and
scrolls; egg-and-dart moulding to cornice; the upper floor set
well back.
INTERIOR: vestibule ceiling decorated with panels of
arabesques. The auditorium is horseshoe-shaped in plan and the
floor has been raised to accommodate a bingo hall; this runs
through proscenium arch over former stage. The ornate
decorations in modelled plaster make frequent use of Rococo
forms. Proscenium arch with architrave having egg-and-dart
moulding; shallow curved pediment over filled with a shell
cartouche with Brighton's dolphins intertwined and flanked by
female emblematic figures; blank balustrades either side of
the pediment and 3 lunettes above filled with musical emblems
in the centre and vases and arabesques to either side; 2 tiers
of boxes formerly to either side, the upper boxes now only
complete, flanked by pilasters with entablature and ribbed
onion dome flanked by consoles and urns; the fronts of the
boxes and of the gallery are decorated with cartouches,
garlands and pendants. The ceiling is divided into radiating
segments, each segment being subdivided into 3 panels
decorated with shell and other Rococo motifs, the ribs between
treated as a double console bracket between the outer and
middle panels; central rose with arcaded lantern.
(Carder T: The Encyclopedia of Brighton: Lewes: 1990-).

Listing NGR: TQ3091204112

Selected Sources

  1. Book  Reference - Author: Carder, T - Title: Encyclopaedia of Brighton - Date: 1990


National Grid Reference: TQ 30912 04112

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