Basic Site Details

Name: Ascot Cinema
Town, district or village: Anniesland
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status:  
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Notes: Plans are in hand for a cinema near Anniesland Cross, the architects being Messrs C J McNair and Elder, 274(sic) St Vincent-street, Glasgow. [Builder 2 December 1938 Page 1090].


The Great Western Cinema Limited 181 West Regent-street propose the erection of a cinema to seat about 2,000 people in Great Western-road. Plans have been approved. [Builder 30 December 1938 Page 1271]

The Cinetheatre Construction Company Limited will carry out the building contract for the erection of a cinema in Great Western-road for Great Western Cinemas Limited 181 West Regent-street Glasgow. The architects are Messrs C J McNair and Elder, 272 St Vincent-street, Glasgow. [ Builder 6 January 1939 Page 29]

The Cinetheatre Construction Company Limited will carry out the building contract for the erection of a cinema in Great Western-road for Great Western Cinemas Limited 181 West Regent-street Glasgow. The architects are Messrs C J McNair and Elder, 272 St Vincent-street, Glasgow. [Builder 6 January 1939 Page 29]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3County Bingo HallYes 
Item 2 of 3The Gaumont  
Item 3 of 3The Odeon  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cinema 1,963 seats

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 11544, Great Western RoadYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 5December 1938 * Scheme accepted 
Item 2 of 56 December 1939 OpenedOpened by Lord Provost Patrick Dollan
Item 3 of 5April 1939 Build/constructionConstruction began
Item 4 of 5October 1975 Closed 
Item 5 of 51996 * ProposedProposal for demolition and subsequent construction of mixed retail development, incl. garden centre, on site - refused

* earliest date known from documented sources.


People

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 4Charles James McNairArchitectA1939  
Item 2 of 4McNair & ElderArchitectural practiceA1939  
Item 3 of 4Robert ForsythArchitectA1939 As apprentice to McNair & Elder
Item 4 of 4Robert Walter ElderArchitectA1939  

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Great Western Cinemas Limited, 181 West Regent Street 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Kenna, Rudolph Glasgow Art Deco  p57
Item 2 of 4Peter, Bruce1996100 Years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas Edinburgh: Polygonp175, 121
Item 3 of 4Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1941   722
Item 4 of 4Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p395

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder2 December 1938  p1090
Item 2 of 5Builder30 December 1938  p1271
Item 3 of 5Builder6 January 1939  p29
Item 4 of 5Glasgow Bulletin7 December 19396  
Item 5 of 5Kine Weekly4 January 1940   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009
Item 2 of 6Glasgow City CouncilSurplus Buildings Register0165Entered on register 01/02/96
Item 3 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32337 
Item 4 of 6Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information supplied by Mr Forsyth
Item 5 of 6Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild541 
Item 6 of 6University of StrathclydeAHAUS (Archive of Historical Architecture, University of Strathclyde)89.30