Basic Site Details

Name: La Scala Cinema
Town, district or village: Dunoon
City or county: Argyll
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Bruce Peter ('Clyde Coast Picture Palaces', 2000) states that there were two cinemas in Dunoon - the Picture House (opened 1914) and La Scala (opened 1936), both in Argyle Street. Sutherland does not specify the address or name of the Dunoon cinema on which he worked in his FRIBA nomination papers.

A new super-cinema with shops is to be erected at Argyle-street. Mr Eric Sutherland LRIBA 102 Bath-street Glasgow is preparing the plans. [Builder 2 December 1932, p950]


A new super-cinema with shops is to be erected at Argyle-street. Mr Eric Sutherland LRIBA 102 Bath-street Glasgow is preparing the plans.[Builder 25 November 1932 Page 915]

Plans have been passed by the Dean of Guild Court for a new picture house in Argyle-street on a site at present occupied by shops and the Waverley Hotel. The promoter is Mr J Hamilton, cinema proprietor, Glasgow for the Cowal Picture House Company Limited. Capable of seating 920 in the area and balcony, the estimated cost of the cinema is over 10,000. Plans were prepared by Mr Eric Sutherland LRIBA 102 Bath-street Glasgow . [Builder 21 April 1933 Page 678]

A contract for the new super cinema to be erected in Argyle-street, Dunoon (Mr Eric Sutherland LRIBA 102 Bath Street Glasgow, architect) has been placed with Messrs Robert Gilchrist and Son Limited, Stevenson-street, Bain-square, Glasgow. [Builder 14 July 1933 Page 77]

The main building contract for the new cinema to be erected in Dunoon (Mr Eric Sutherland LRIBA 102 Bath Street, Blytheswood, Glasgow, architect) has been placed with Mr Ewan Cameron 241 Argyll-street, Dunoon. Messrs Archibald Livingston and Sons 65 Bath-street are the quantity surveyors. [Builder 6 October 1933, p552]

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 1Argyle StreetYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 119321933Build/construction 

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 1Eric Alexander SutherlandArchitect 1928  

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Hamilton, J for the Cowal Picture House Company Ltd 

References

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Architect and Building News1932Jul-Dec p242
Item 2 of 5Architect and Building News1933Jan-Jun p81
Item 3 of 5Builder25 November 1932  p915
Item 4 of 5Builder21 April 1933  p678
Item 5 of 5Builder14 July 1933  p77

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 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Eric Alexander Sutherland: F no3143 (box 17)