Basic Site Details

Name: News Reel Theatre, Central Station
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Unexecuted
Grid ref:
Notes: It is stated that the British News Theatres Limited are negotiating for sites at Central Station Glasgow and at Waverley Station, Edinburgh for the erection of news theatres. The architect to the company is Mr Alistair G MacDonald. 13 Queen Anne’s-gate London SW1.[Builder 15 September 1933 Page 440]

British News Theatres Limited 24 Coleman-street London EC2 are negotiating with the LMS Railway for accommodation at Central Station for construction of a news-reel theatre. The company’s architect is Mr Alistair G MacDonald ARIBA. 13 Queen Anne’s-gate, SW1 [Builder 3 November 1933 Page 710]

It is stated that British News Cinemas Limited, Coleman-street EC2 are to build a news cinema at Glasgow Central Station. Sketch plans, which are before the corporation, are by Alistair G MacDonald. 13 Queen Anne’s-gate London SW1. [Builder 24 November 1933 Page 849]

British News Theatres Limited 172 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1, have leased a site at Central Station for a news-reel cinema to seat 250 persons. The architect is Mr Alister G MacDonald ARIBA 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh and London. No contracts placed yet. [Builder 14 December 1934 Page 1049]

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 119331934Proposed 


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 1Alister Gladstone MacDonald (or Alistair Gladstone MacDonald)ArchitectA1933 Proposed


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1British News Theatres Limited24 Coleman Street, London (1933)
13 Queen Anne's Gate, London (1934)


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder15 September 1933  p440
Item 2 of 4Builder3 November 1933  p710
Item 3 of 4Builder24 November 1933  p849
Item 4 of 4Builder14 December 1934  p1049

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009