Basic Site Details

Name: Kyle Cinema
Town, district or village: Irvine
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Mr A Scott Blair of the Palace Picture House has acquired a site in Bank-street for the erection of a cinema to seat about 1,500 persons. Plans have been prepared by Messrs John McKissack and Son 68 West Regent Street, Glasgow. No contracts have been placed. [Builder 10 January 1936 Page 128]

NB: After the destruction of this building by fire in February 1969, The Palace in Chapel Lane (architect not known) was used as a substitute, but when that was compulsorily purchased for a shopping development c.1976, the former Rex Cinema in Bank Street (originally the Picturedome, and later the WMR Film Centre and now a Wetherspoons pub - architect not known) became known as the George Cinema.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1George CinemaYesAfter takeover of the Blair company by George Palmer's Associated GP Cinemas in April 1946

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 1Bank Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31936  Proposed
Item 2 of 31939 Opened 
Item 3 of 3February 1969  Destroyed by fire


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 3James McKissackArchitectA19361939 
Item 2 of 3John McKissack & SonArchitectural practiceA19361939 
Item 3 of 3William James Anderson IIArchitectA19361939 


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Blair, A ScottClient given in Builder 10 January 1936
Item 2 of 2Blair, K R 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Peter, Bruce2000Clyde Coast Picture Palaces Ochiltree: Stenlake Publishingp34

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architect and Building News1936Jan-Jun p232
Item 2 of 2Builder10 January 1936  p128

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009
Item 2 of 2DMW ArchiveResearch notes for 'Scottish Thirties' by Charles McKean