Basic Site Details

Name: New Century Theatre
Town, district or village: Motherwell
City or county: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Associated British Cinemas Limited Golden Square London W1 propose rebuilding the New Century Theatre, Brandon-street, to seat 2,000. It is understood that plans will be by Mr Charles J McNair LRIBA 112 Bath Street, Glasgow. The construction work will be carried out by the Scottish Construction Company Limited. 154 West Regent Street, Glasgow [Builder 9 March 1934 p443]

MOTHERWELL - Plans are to be prepared for a new cinema by Mr Charles McNair, architect, 112 Bath Street, Glasgow. [Builder 17 August 1934 Page 277]

Cinema Construction Company Limited. 154 West Regent-street, Glasgow are contractors for the erection of a 2,200 capacity conema in Motherwell for Associated British Cinemas Limited. Plans are by Mr Charles McNair, architect, 112 Bath Street, Glasgow. [Builder 26 October 1934 Page 729]

Amended plans have been approved by Motherwell Dean of Guild Court for the erection by the Cinema Construction Company Limited for Associated British Cinemas Limited of a new cinema in Windmill Hill-street on the site on which the New Century Theatre now stands. The new picture house is to be called the Regal Cinema and will accommodate 2,000 patrons. The estimated cost of the building is 18,000. The architect is Mr C J McNair, 112 Bath Street, Glasgow. [Builder 24 May 1935 Page 995]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2New Century Picture HouseYesBefore 1930
Item 2 of 2Rex CinemaYes 

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 1Windmillhill StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41901  Design exhibited
Item 2 of 41902  Built
Item 3 of 419331936 Conversion to Rex Cinema
Item 4 of 41936 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 5Alexander Cullen A19011902 
Item 2 of 5James Lochhead A19011902As partner but title of practice not yet changed
Item 3 of 5William Brown A19011902As partner but title of practice not yet changed
Item 4 of 5Albert Victor Gardner B1930 Alterations to by then New Century Picture House
Item 5 of 5Charles James McNair  19331936Conversion to Rex cinema


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1ABC LimitedClient for 1930s rebuild


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Academy Architecture1901 part 1 pp86, 87
Item 2 of 3Peter, Bruce1999Lanarkshire's Legendary Cinemas Stenlakep2, 35
Item 3 of 3RSA1901   804

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6British Architect30 August 1901  p279 with plan and illustration
Item 2 of 6Builder11 January 1902   
Item 3 of 6Builder9 March 1934  p443
Item 4 of 6Builder17 August 1934  p277
Item 5 of 6Builder26 October 1934  p729
Item 6 of 6Builder24 May 1935  p995

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Chris DoakInformation via website Sent August 2007
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Lochhead: F v20 no1453 (microfilm reel 13)