Basic Site Details

Name: Advocates Hall
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
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Notes: This building served as the Advocates Hall until 1872, when it was replaced by a new building at Concert Court (see separate entry), after which it was used for a number of purposes (see list of alternative names, below).

James F Donald of Aberdeen Cinemas bought the building in 1927 and was still its owner at the time of the fire and subsequent refurbishment in 1936.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 7Conservative Club 1882 to 1890
Item 2 of 7Eagles nightclub sometime between 1981 and 2010
Item 3 of 7Espionage 007 nightclub sometime between 1981 and 2010
Item 4 of 7Legends nightclub sometime between 1981 and 2010
Item 5 of 7Lockhart & Salmond's Restaurant 1873 to 1882
Item 6 of 7Queen's Cinema from 1913 to 1981
Item 7 of 7Queen's Rooms and Restaurant 1890 to 1913

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Back WyndYes 
Item 2 of 2120-144, Union StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 618361837Build/construction 
Item 2 of 61870 Alterations and additions(?)(estimates to be lodged by 30 June 1870)
Item 3 of 618971898 Alterations
Item 4 of 61912 Alteration/conversionConverted to cinema
Item 5 of 61913 OpenedRe-opened as cinema
Item 6 of 61936 ReconstructionProposal to rebuild and possibly enlarge after fire damage.


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 9John SmithArchitect 18361837 
Item 2 of 9James MatthewsArchitectA1870 Alterations
Item 3 of 9Alexander Marshall MackenzieArchitect 18971898Alterations
Item 4 of 9D & J R McMillanArchitectural practiceD19121913Conversion to cinema
Item 5 of 9Duncan McMillanArchitectD19121913Conversion to cinema
Item 6 of 9John Ross McMillanArchitectD19121913Conversion to cinema
Item 7 of 9Alexander Malcolm StewartArchitectC1936 Proposal to rebuild and possibly enlarge after fire damage.
Item 8 of 9George WattArchitectC1936 Proposal to rebuild and possibly enlarge after fire damage.
Item 9 of 9George Watt & StewartArchitectural practiceC1936 Proposal to rebuild and possibly enlarge after fire damage.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Morgan, Diane2008The Granite Mile: the story of Aberdeen's Union Street Black & White Publishing, Edinburgh (in collaboration with Evening Express, Aberdeen)p73
Item 2 of 2Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp151

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen Journal10 August 1836   
Item 2 of 4Aberdeen Journal10 November 1836   
Item 3 of 4Builder26 June 1936  p1288
Item 4 of 4Builder28 August 1936  p394

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20555 
Item 3 of 3Viewfield House, Old Perth Rd, Inverness (1990)A Marshall Mackenzie & Marr Office List (held by John G Marr in 1960)