Basic Site Details

Name: Regal Cinema
Town, district or village: Dumfries
City or county: Dumfriesshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Dumfries Dean of Guild Court has passed plans for a new talkie theatre at Dumfries to seat 1,700 persons and to cost 17,000. The new thetare will be at the junction of English-street and Shakespeare-street [Builder 31 October 1930 p755]

The architects for the new super-ciema in English-street Dumfries are Messra Gordon & Scrymgeour 39 High Street Dundee [Builder 7 November 1930 page 802]

The contract for masonry work at the cinema in English-street has been awarded to A Mictchell & Sons, Cathcart, Glasgow. Mr Charles McNair 112 Bath-street, Glasgow is the architect [Builder 20 February 1931 page 378]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2ABC Cinema  
Item 2 of 2Odeon CinemaYes 

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 2English Street  
Item 2 of 2Shakespeare StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21931   
Item 2 of 2April 1931 Opened 


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 Ramsay GordonArchitectB1930 Named as architect in 1930
Item 2 of 5Robert Aikenhead ScrymgeourArchitectB1930 Named as architect in 1930
Item 3 of 5Gordon & ScrymgeourArchitectural practiceBNovember 1930 Named as architects for cinema
Item 4 of 5Charles James McNairArchitectA1931 Names as architect in 1931
Item 5 of 5Robert Walter ElderArchitectA1931 As assistant to Charles James McNair


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1ABC 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of Scottish Cinemas website and databaseDatabase accessed February 2006

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architect and Building News1931Jan-June p291
Item 2 of 3Builder7 November 1930  p802
Item 3 of 3Builder20 February 1931  p378

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