Basic Site Details

Name: West End Playhouse
Town, district or village: Maryhill (by)
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: The West End Playhouse St George’s-road, is to be reconstructed and refurnished for which a contract has been placed with the Cinema Construction Company, 154 West Regent-street, Glasgow. The redecoration will be by Messrs W Douglas and Sons 242 West George-street, Glasgow. [Builder 25 May 1934 Page 909]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Empress Variey Theatre and Picture Playhouse from 30 March 1914 to 1960
Item 2 of 3Falcon Theatre from 1960 to 1962 (when in posession of the Falcon Trust - arts centre & youth theatre)
Item 3 of 3New MetropoleYesfrom 15 November 1962 (when in possession of Alex Frutin followed by Jimmy Logan)

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 1St George's Road  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 719111913 Design to construction
Item 2 of 74 August 1913  Opened (as West End Playhouse)
Item 3 of 71934 Reconstruction 
Item 4 of 713 March 1956  Interior damaged by fire (at that time known as the Empress Variety Theatre and Picture Playhouse)
Item 5 of 7September 1956(?)  Reopened (for autumn season) after restoration following fire
Item 6 of 71982  Interior damaged by fire and subsequently abandoned
Item 7 of 7November 1987 Demolition 


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 1William Brown WhitieArchitect 19111913 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Peter, Bruce1999Scotland's Splendid Theatres: Architecture and Social History from the Reformation to the Present Day Edinburgh: Polygon (an imprint of Edinburgh University Press Ltd)pp139-44, p179
Item 2 of 2Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p299

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder25 May 1934  p909
Item 2 of 2RIAS Quarterly  Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009