Art Deco cinema reused as a Climbing Centre


The former cinema and Gala bingo hall on the High Street in Acton has turned into a climbing centre. Opened in the first days of 2019, it offers 20,000 square feet of space, filled with a huge variety of bouldering surfaces, high ceilings and stunning interior architecture.

The Dominion cinema which opened in 1937 was designed in the Art Deco style and operated until 1972 when it was converted into a bingo hall. After the bingo closed, the grade two listed building was let out in 2014 to the Destiny Christian Centre. Then The Arch Climbing Wall took over, a popular indoor climbing company which currently runs 3 venues in London.

The works have been carried out with great respectfulness of the building’s original character, maintaining and enhancing the Art Deco details, such as the metal railings and the mouldings that now visually frame the new climbing walls.

More photos of this project can be found on this page.

All photos are © Francesco Russo