Basic Site Details

Name: The Picture House
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: 'After having been closed for alterations for some months, the Glasgow Picture House was reopened on the 19th inst by Sir J Ure Primrose, Bart. The space occupied by the old theatre has been converted into a palm court, surrounded by a balcony to which access is obtained by a marble staircase. Here too, the Wedgewood café is situated. The theatre itself is an entirely new erection, larger in dimensions than formerly, and extends back to Renfrew Street.' [Building News 27 December 1912 p925]

The interior was decorated by Guthrie & Wells, the famous Glasgow interior decorators.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Gaumont Re-named in 1947
Item 2 of 2Savoy CentreYesFrontage of Picture House retained as part of Savoy Centre

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 1140, Sauchiehall StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 319 December 1910 Opened 
Item 2 of 318 December 1912 OpenedRebuilt and re-opened
Item 3 of 31924  Foyer rebuilt


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 9George Hanson SaleArchitectA1910  
Item 2 of 9John Reginald NaylorArchitectA1910  
Item 3 of 9Naylor & SaleArchitectural practiceA1910  
Item 4 of 9George Hanson SaleArchitectB1912 Rebuilt and reopened
Item 5 of 9John Reginald NaylorArchitectB1912 Rebuilt and reopened
Item 6 of 9Naylor & SaleArchitectural practiceB1912 Rebuilt and reopened
Item 7 of 9Charles Alfred HardingArchitectCJuly 1924 Foyer rebuilt
Item 8 of 9Kenneth GloverArchitectCJuly 1924 Foyer rebuilt
Item 9 of 9Percy Lindsay BrowneArchitectCJuly 1924 Foyer rebuilt


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Eyles, Allen1996Gaumont British Cinemas  p206
Item 2 of 2Peter, Bruce1996100 Years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas Edinburgh: Polygonp185

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2BuilderEarly 1914CVI pp754 and 760
Item 2 of 2Building News27 December 1912  p925

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Graham Potts via website