Aziziye Mosque

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117 Stoke Newington Road, London, United Kingdom
020 7254 0046

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A blue tiled wonder Jun 03, 2017
The rather drab buildings between Dalston and Stoke Newington are punctuated by a building that looks as if it had been transported there from Bukhara or Samarkand. Covered in blue and white tiles and sporting several golden domes, this is the Aziziye Camii. It is an Ottoman-style mosque funded by the UK Turkish Islamic Association. The building looks almost brand new, but it is not. Its history (see: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/14874) is one of profane to sacred. The building began life in 1913 as the ‘Apollo Picture House’. In 1933, it became the ‘Ambassador Cinema’, which closed in 1963. Between 1965 and 1974, it became a bingo club, but in 1974 it returned to being a cinema, ‘The Astra’. The Astra became a private cinema club screening films of martial arts and soft porn. Then in 1994 after closing in 1983 and having been disused for several years, it became a mosque, and acquired its glorious tiling and domes. The former foyer of the cinema contains shops including a halal butcher and a Turkish grill restaurant.
AZIZIYE CAMII
AZIZIYE CAMII
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Nemorino says:
This building certainly has a convoluted history. But I'm not surprised it was once a bingo club. It seems to me there used to be masses of bingo clubs in Britain, probably more than in the rest of the world combined.
Posted on: Jun 03, 2017
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