Basic Site Details

Name: Entertainment and Roller Skating Pavilion, Boswell Park
Town, district or village: Ayr
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: A new pavilion, primarily intended to be used as a skating rink has been built as Boswell Park, Ayr, at a cost of £4,000. The architect was Mr J Campbell Reid Glasgow. [Builder 10 July 1948 p48]

According to the earlier journal report, the building was to be constructed of white fibre plaster, with steel girder roof and patent roofing material, the estimated cost at the time being £3,000. [British Architect 6 April 1909 p287]

By 1910 the building was in use as the Electric Pavilion cinema and tea rooms, later Greenís Picturedrome and it may be that the building was intended for both roller skating and cinema use from the outset.

Major reconstruction 1917-1922, architect John Fairweather.

'The Dean of Guild Court have granted warrant to the trustees of the late George Green, 843 Gallowgate, Glasgow, to alter and re-erect buildings in Boswell Park, Ayr, to be used as a picture house at a probable cost of £3,000.' [Builder 30 March 1917 p215]

The building was destroyed by fire in September 1929 and replaced by a new cinema - Green's Playhouse. (See separate entry)

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Electric Pavilion  
Item 2 of 2Greens Picturedrome From June 1911?

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 1Boswell Park  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31909 Build/constructionPlans passed by Dean of Guild Court
Item 2 of 319171922ReconstructionPlans passed 1917. Opened in 1922
Item 3 of 31929 Destruction/demolitionDemolished following a serious fire in September 1929


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 2James Campbell ReidArchitect 1909 Architect for original building
Item 2 of 2John FairweatherArchitect 1917(?)1922Major reconstruction


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Ayr Entertainment and Roller Skating Pavilion Company Limited 
Item 2 of 2Trustees of the late George Greenfor alterations and reconstruction 1917


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4British Architect6 April 1909  p287 Plans passed by Dean of Guild Court
Item 2 of 4Builder10 July 1909  p48
Item 3 of 4Builder30 March 1917  p215 Plans passed by Dean of Guild Court
Item 4 of 4RIBA Journal22 December 1923 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp121 Obituary of Reid

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Campbell Reid: F v21 no1478 (microfilm reel 13)