Basic Site Details

Name: Broadway Cinema
Town, district or village: Prestwick
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Status: C listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Now houses squash courts and an amusement arcade.

Mr Alister G MacDonald ARIBA, 13 Queen Anne’s-gate London SW1 is now preparing the plans for a new cinema. [Builder 20 July 1934 Page 116]

Plans for a new cinema in Main-street, Prestwick to cost £15,000 have been passed by the Prestwick Dean of Guild Court. Seating accommodation wll be provided for 1,200 persons. Dr Alexander of Elgin is connected with the syndicate promoting the scheme. Plans are by Mr Alister G MacDonald ARIBA, 13 Queen Anne’s-gate London SW1. [Builder 27 July 1934 Page 171]

Messrs Robert Pert and Sons Limited, Montrose and Dundee, have secured the contract for the erection of a new cinema in Main-street. The new building will have seating accommodation for (not readable). The architect is Mr Alister G MacDonald ARIBA, 13 Queen Anne’s-gate London SW1. [Builder 2 November 1934 Page 784]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Prestwick Leisure  

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 176-84, Main StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219341935Build/construction 
Item 2 of 2April 1935 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 2Alister Gladstone MacDonald (or Alistair Gladstone MacDonald)ArchitectA19341935 
Item 2 of 2Leonard George PargiterArchitectA19341935As architect in charge of the Edinburgh office of Alister G MacDonald


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


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp583
Item 2 of 4Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp36
Item 3 of 4Historic Scotland Lists    No reference - probably from Rob Close
Item 4 of 4Peter, Bruce2000Clyde Coast Picture Palaces Ochiltree: Stenlake Publishingp35

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architect and Building News1934Jul-Dec p84, p162
Item 2 of 4Builder20 July 1934  p116
Item 3 of 4Builder27 July 1934  p171
Item 4 of 4Builder2 November 1934  p784

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register4997876-84 Main Street, Former Broadway Cinema
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Pargiter: L no6486 (Combined Box 142); F no4784 (Combined Box 35)