Basic Site Details

Name: Green's Playhouse
Town, district or village: Wishaw
City or county: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Seated 2,982.

The Dean of Guild Court has granted permission to Messrs George Green Limited 182 Trongate Glasgow to erect a cinema in Kirk-road, Wishaw. The plans have been prepared by the company’s own architects department and there will be accommodation for 3,000 people. [Builder 17 February 1939 Page 353]

Messrs John Fairweather and Son, 182 Trongate, Glasgow are the architects for a cinema to be erected in Kirk-street for Messrs George Green Limited. The builders are Messrs Cowiesons Limited, St Rollox, Glasgow. [Builder 9 June 1939 Page 1065]

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Theatre  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 159-69, Kirk RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219 December 1940 Opened 
Item 2 of 2October 1967 Alteration/conversionPlayhouse to be converted by Mecca Ltd into entertainments centre with amusements arcade, cinema, restaurant, cafe, ballroom and social club, estimated cost £100,000.


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 3John FairweatherArchitectA19391940 
Item 2 of 3John Fairweather & SonArchitectural practiceA19391940 
Item 3 of 3William John FairweatherArchitectA19391940 


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Green, George Limited, 182 Trongate, Glasgow 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Peter, Bruce1999Lanarkshire's Legendary Cinemas Stenlakep48

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder17 February 1939  p353
Item 2 of 3Builder9 June 1939  p1065
Item 3 of 3Building27 October 1967  p188

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 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register49605