Basic Site Details

Name: Rialto Cinema
Town, district or village: Lochee
City or county: Dundee
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Information from W W Friskin. Listed category B until June 2009.

Plans lodged with the City Engineer to be submitted to the Works Committee for approval:
Gray’s Lane Lochee, cinematograph theatre for Mr A E Binnall, architects Allan and Friskin 26 Castle-street [Builder 11 March 1927]

Notes by Neil Darlington: Rialto 1, Grays Lane, Lochee Dundee Allan & Frisken Bingo. o. 1928 by Bennell's. Arch. Allan & Frisken. s. 1,168. Atmospheric with Mexican ext and Chinese int. Projection box was in shape of Chinese face with the lights coming out of the eyes. Outlines of painted dragons and scrolls still visible on ceiling - stadium with barrel-vaulted roof. Sold to Gray's, 1930s. Cl. c. 1962. Now Rialto Social Club.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Rialto Social ClubYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cinema  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 21, Gray's LaneYes 
Item 2 of 2Logie StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11926   


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 2Allan & FriskinArchitectural practiceA1926 Designed by Friskin but in partnership
Item 2 of 2William Wallace FriskinArchitectA1926 Designed by Friskin but in partnership


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Binnall, A E & Sons 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Scottish Film Archive1977Evening Telegraph Centenary Souvenir  p18

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder11 March 1927   
Item 2 of 2Builder8 June 1928CXXXIV p1007

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Dundee Planning Department/NMRSDundee Approved Duplicate Plans (Originals in NMRS for dates 1867-1883; otherwise on microfilm)  
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register25326Removed from list June 2009