MECA originally opened as The Regent Theatre in 1929. The Art Deco style building has seen many transformations over the years. In 1952 it was taken over by the Gaumont Theatre and then changed again in 1963 to an Odeon cinema.
It was later transformed into a bingo hall, which after 30 years, as MECCA bingo, finally closed its doors in 2008. After 2 years of sitting vacant the building was re-opened in December 2010 as MECA.
Located in the centre of Swindon, MECA is close to Swindon Train Station and served by several bus routes. Its convenient location makes it easy for your guests to reach, making MECA the perfect venue for your event.
Directions from Junction 15 of M4 (East / South) Marlborough / Newbury
Head west toward Marlborough Rd/A419. Exit the roundabout onto Marlborough Rd/A419. Take the A4192 exit toward A4259/Swindon/Aldbourne. Continue straight. Turn left onto Marlborough Rd/A4259 Continue to follow A4259 Go through 1 roundabout. Turn left onto UphamRd. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Drove Rd/B4289. Turn left onto GroundwellRd. Turn left onto Clarence St. Take the 1st right onto Regent Circus. Slight right to stay on Regent Circus. Arrive Regent Circus, MECA Swindon
Directions from Junction 16 of M4 (West / South) Chippenham / Bristol
Head northeast toward Great Western Way/A3102. Exit the roundabout onto Great Western Way/A3102 Go through 1 roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Wootton Bassett Rd/A3102. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Kingshill Rd/A4289 Continue to follow A4289 Go through 4 roundabouts. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Victoria Rd. Turn left onto Regent Circus. Slight right to stay on Regent Circus. Arrive Regent Circus, MECA Swindon
The Train station at Swindon is no more than a 10 minute walk through the well-lit town centre from MECA; it is on the main line from Bristol to London with direct links also to Kemble, Gloucester, Newbury, Chippenham etc.
MECA Swindon is nearly 100 years old and as such was never designed with full disabled access, the new management of MECA is committed to accommodating the requirements for access of all members of the community. Every effort is made to accommodate disabled patrons with disabled facilities, ramp access and flat floored access to the ground floor; unfortunately the balcony area is only accessible via staircases
Guide dogs are permitted in MECA, Swindon.
On the evening of an event, we advise disabled customers or those requiring assistance to arrive at the venue 10 minutes prior to the doors opening. When you arrive, stewarding personnel will be available at the main entrance to assist you if required. Please call the MECA booking line number if you require further information.
The front entrance of the building is a stepped access; there is a ramped access available to the ground floor area from a designated entrance. As required by event risk assessments designated wheelchair area for concerts will be located at a defined area on the ground floor which offers step free access. Due to the age of the building the balcony area is only accessible via staircases with thirty stairs. unfortunately there is no lift to the balcony.
Disabled Access Toilet And Baby Change Facility
This is located at the rear of the ground floor.