Basic Site Details

Name: King's Theatre
Town, district or village: Kilmarnock
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Scottish Cinema and Variety Theatres Limited, 105 St Vincent-street, Glasgow ( a subsidiary company of Associated British Cinemas Limited of London) are to reconstruct the King’s Theatre, Titchfield-street to seat 1,900 persons. Plans are being prepared by Mr Charles J McNair, LRIBA, 112 Bath Street, Glasgow. [Builder 10 November 1933 Page 756]

The Scottish Construction Company Limited, 154 West Regent Street, Glasgow are builders for the reconstruction scheme which Scottish Cinema and Variety Theatres Limited propose at the King’s Theatre to form a cinema. Mr Charles J McNair, LRIBA, 112 Bath Street, Glasgow has prepared the plans. Steelwork will be by Messrs Redpath Brown and Company, Glasgow. [Builder 15 December 1933 Page 965]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1ABC Cinema  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Titchfield StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41 October 1904  Date of opening
Item 2 of 41905  Design exhibited
Item 3 of 41926  Alterations to balcony
Item 4 of 41933 Reconstruction 


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 6Alexander CullenArchitectA19031904Design exhibited 1905
Item 2 of 6James LochheadArchitectA1904 Design exhibited 1905
Item 3 of 6William BrownArchitectA1904 Design exhibited 1905
Item 4 of 6Charles James McNairArchitect 1926 Alterations to balcony
Item 5 of 6Charles James McNairArchitectE1933 Reconstruction
Item 6 of 6Thomas Shankland  1936 Unsure where this came from - probably incorrect. Shankland involved with another cinema- in King street- in Kilmarnock.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Academy Architecture1905 part 1 pp88-89
Item 2 of 5Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp450
Item 3 of 5Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp113
Item 4 of 5Peter, Bruce1996100 Years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas Edinburgh: Polygonp170
Item 5 of 5Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1905   421

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder10 November 1933  p756
Item 2 of 2Builder15 December 1933  p965

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009
Item 2 of 4Dean Castle (Kilmarnock & Louden District Council,Kilmarnock Dean of Guild Records Case 1000-1100, plan 1066 a & b, also case 2000-21000
Item 3 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register48789 
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Lochhead: F v20 no1453 (microfilm reel 13)