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Basic Site Details

Name: King's Theatre
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
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Notes: Cost 50,000 in 1904. McGilvray & Ferris, plasterers.

A new theatre is to be built for Glasgow at the south-west corner of Elmbank Street and Bath Street at present used as a yard for the storage of building material. The position is only a few yards off Sauchiehall Street, near Charing Cross. The theatre will be ready for occupation about the autumn of next year and the cost will be between 30,000 and 40,000. [Building News 6 September 1901 Page 33]

GLASGOW. - The King's Theatre was opened on Monday. It haa been erected by the firm of Howard and Wyndham, Ltd. It is built of Locharbriggs stone, and occupies a site at the west end of Bath-street, where Elmbank-street intersects. From no floors, or divided part of a floor, are provided less than two distinct and separate exits, and the pit has three exits. The principal entrance opens into a vestibule, the walls of which are lined with white and coloured marbles, and the floor constructed of marble in white and black squares. The marble walls are surmounted by a decorative frieze from which springs a boldly-panelled domed ceiling. An arched opening opposite the entry doors leads to the foot of the marble staircase, and off the first landing is the access to and from the dress circle cloakrooms. On the other side the staircase is continued to the crush-room, where the floor is laid with mosaic. This room is furnished with settees and a Turkey carpet. The gallery contains fifteen rows of seats, and these all face the stage. There are no side seats. The upper circle contains seven rows of velvet- upholstered seats, with a promenade at the back. The dress circle, which is fitted with tip-up chairs, has the floor covered with a velvet pile carpet. The walls are covered with flock paper, and the ceilings are formed of raised plasterwork, finished cream colour. To the right is the grand saloon, an apartment 43ft. long and 20ft. wide, and decorated with raised plasterwork. The stalls are approached either from the corridor or the grand vestibule. Staircases open on each side of the stalls, through colonnades of alabaster columns, with ornamental caps and bases. The walls at the back are panelled and filled in with silk tapestries, and the openings are draped. The stage is divided from the auditorium by an asbestos fireproof curtain, and hydrants, fiilly equipped, are placed both in front and behind the curtains. The whole building is lighted by electricity and constructed of fire-resisting material. [Building News 16 September 1904 p394]

Alternative Names

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

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 2335, Bath StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Elmbank StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 612 September 1904  Theatre opened
Item 2 of 61914  Ceilings in Grand Circle, staircase and crush bar
Item 3 of 61926  Alterations
Item 4 of 6November 1950 AdditionPlans are to be prepared for additions
Item 5 of 61961 Restoration 
Item 6 of 619841986AdditionAddition of brick office building next door.


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 13Frank MatchamArchitect 1904 Original theatre
Item 2 of 13William Beattie-BrownArchitectA1914 Ceilings in Grand Circle staircase and crush bar
Item 3 of 13Alexander Cochran DennyArchitectB1926 Alterations
Item 4 of 13Denny & BlainArchitectural practiceB1926 Alterations
Item 5 of 13William John BlainArchitectB1926 Alterations
Item 6 of 13Frank Burnet, Boston & BellArchitectural practice 1950 To prepare plans for additions
Item 7 of 13Charles Archibald Robertson S1961 restoration
Item 8 of 13George William RobertsonArchitectS1961 Restoration
Item 9 of 13Honeyman, Jack & RobertsonArchitectural practiceS1961 Restoration
Item 10 of 13John Morton CochraneArchitectS1961 Restoration
Item 11 of 13William Archibald Park JackArchitectS1961 Restoration
Item 12 of 13William Mitchell MillarArchitect, ArchitectS1961 Worked on this project as apprentice with Honeyman Jack & Robertson
Item 13 of 13Thorburn, Twigg, Brown & PartnersArchitectural practiceG19841986Brick office building added next door.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Howard & Wyndham 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Peter, Bruce1999Scotland's Splendid Theatres: Architecture and Social History from the Reformation to the Present Day Edinburgh: Polygon (an imprint of Edinburgh University Press Ltd)pp117-121
Item 2 of 4Walker, Brian Frank Matcham Theatre Architect  pp143-146, 158
Item 3 of 4Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p208
Item 4 of 4www.theatrestrust.org.uk/ www.theatrestrust.org.uk/ - Theatres Database of the Theatres Trust   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7British Architect30 September 1904  p236 - extensive notes
Item 2 of 7Builder6 September 1901  p334
Item 3 of 7Builder29 August 1903LXXXV  
Item 4 of 7Builder17 September 1904LXXXVII Given as September in one source and as August in another
Item 5 of 7Builder10 November 1950  p483
Item 6 of 7Building News16 September 1904  p394 - opening
Item 7 of 7Glasgow Herald13 September 1904   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Mr William Mitchell MillarInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent January 2014
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32963 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Copies of Matcham drawings - Acc No 2002/16. Originals held in Theatre Museum in London
Item 4 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSWeddell and Thomson Archive Summary Material (Handlists, Job lists etc) Handlist - 7 sheets drawings (roll 11)


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