Basic Site Details

Name: New Bedford Picture House, Eglinton Street
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Plans are in the course of preparation for a large extension scheme at the new Bedford Picture House Eglinton-street. The architects are Messrs Lennox and MacMath, F/FRIBA 103 Bath-street, Glasgow [Builder 16 October 1931 Page 640]

Linings for two new picture houses in Glasgow have been approved by the Dean of Guild Court. One of the cinemas at the junction of Eglinton-street and Bedford-street for Mr Bernard Frutin 118 Stockwell-street, Glasgow, will be built on modern lines and have accommodation for 2,500 people. It will replace a cinema on that site. The architects are Messrs Lennox and MacMath, 103 Bath-street, Glasgow.[Builder 6 November 1931 Page 762]

Cowieson’s Limited of St Rollox, Glasgow have secured the contract for the New Bedford Picture House to be erected in Eglinton-street for Mr Bernard Frutin. The building has been designed by Messrs Lennox and MacMath, F/FRIBA 103 Bath-street, Glasgow. It will cost £25,000 and will seat 2,000 persons. [Builder 8 July 1932 Page 66]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1O2 AcademyYes 

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 2Bedford Street  
Item 2 of 2117-121, Eglinton StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 619201922 Original building
Item 2 of 6April 1921 Opened 
Item 3 of 61932  Burnt down and rebuilt
Item 4 of 631 December 1932  Cinema opened
Item 5 of 626 March 2003 OpenedVenue re-opened as Carling Academy
Item 6 of 6c. 2003 Alteration/conversion£3m refurbishment c. early 2000s to 2,500-capacity Glasgow Carling Academy (music concert venue), retaining many original features... later re-branded as O2 Academy


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 5John Jeffrey WaddellArchitectB19201922Original building
Item 2 of 5Daniel Walter MacMathArchitectA1932  
Item 3 of 5Gavin LennoxArchitectA1932  
Item 4 of 5Lennox & MacMathArchitectural practiceA1932  
Item 5 of 5F D Cowieson & Co ( later Cowiesons Ltd)Architectural practice, EngineersB1932 Acted as contractor during the 1932 alterations


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Bedford Picture House LtdClient for 1920-22 work
Item 2 of 2Frutin, BernardFor later work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Peter, Bruce1996100 Years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas Edinburgh: Polygonpp61-63; pp138 & p183
Item 2 of 2Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p511

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architect and Building News1932Jul-Dec p53
Item 2 of 4Builder16 October 1931  p640
Item 3 of 4Builder6 November 1931  p762
Item 4 of 4Builder8 July 1932  p66

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33508 
Item 3 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSWaddell Collection Letters in NMRS (MS/169/293-324) (Waddell work)