Basic Site Details

Name: Alhambra Theatre
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: Built on the site of the old Waterloo Rooms at the junction of Wellington and Waterloo Streets, and opened in December 1910. " A conspicuous building, surmounted by two towers."

Builder: George Leslie Allen, of The Allen Construction Company, West Regent Street. Allen was a trained structural engineer and had a hand in the design of the structure.

The Alhambra Theatre is to be reconstructed and enlarged. Messrs Burnet Son and Dick of St Vincent-street have prepared plans. [Builder 15 July 1927, p112?]

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 2Waterloo StreetYes 
Item 2 of 243, Wellington StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 719091910  
Item 2 of 7November 1909  Prospectus issued
Item 3 of 719 November 1910 Opened 
Item 4 of 719141915 Further work
Item 5 of 719201922 Further work
Item 6 of 719271928AdditionWestern addition
Item 7 of 71963 ReconstructionInternal reconstruction including the Starlight Room.


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 17(Sir) John James Burnet A19091910 
Item 2 of 17John Burnet & Son A19091910 
Item 3 of 17Norman Aitken Dick A19091910 
Item 4 of 17William Ferguson (junior) (or William Moncrieff Ferguson, or Willie Ferguson) A19091910As assistant to John James Burnet
Item 5 of 17William John Blain A1909 As chief assistant to John James Burnet
Item 6 of 17(Sir) John James Burnet B19141915Further work
Item 7 of 17John Burnet & Son B19141915Further work
Item 8 of 17(Sir) John James Burnet C19201922Further work
Item 9 of 17John Burnet, Son & Partners C19201921Further work
Item 10 of 17Norman Aitken Dick C19201922Further work
Item 11 of 17Thomas Harold Hughes C19201921Further work
Item 12 of 17Burnet, Son & Dick C19211922Further work
Item 13 of 17(Sir) John James Burnet H19271928Western addition
Item 14 of 17Burnet, Son & Dick H19271928Western addition
Item 15 of 17Norman Aitken Dick H19271928Western addition
Item 16 of 17Gavin Paterson & Son F1963 Internal reconstuction including Starlight Room.
Item 17 of 17Lennox Dundas Paterson F1963 Internal reconstruction including Starlight Room.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Glasgow Alhambra LtdAlfred Butt, impressario; Ernest Polden, printer; John P Kinghorn, iron broker; John Rowan, stockbroker; John Fisher, warehouse merchant; James Ferguson, shopbuilder and 800 others.
Item 2 of 2Howard & Wyndham LtdClient for 1963 alterations.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Peter, Bruce1999Scotland's Splendid Theatres: Architecture and Social History from the Reformation to the Present Day Edinburgh: Polygon (an imprint of Edinburgh University Press Ltd)p126
Item 2 of 3Smith, Graeme2008The Theatre Royal: entertaining a Nation Glasgow Publications 
Item 3 of 3Smith, Graeme2011Alhambra, Glasgow  Burnet's drawings illustrated p20. 1927-28 addition p61

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Building Industries16 March 1910   
Item 2 of 3Building News23 December 1910  opening
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal18 July 1938 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Graeme SmithInformation via website (from Graeme Smith)  Sent February 2009
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSWeddell and Thomson Archive Summary Material (Handlists, Job lists etc) Handlist -4 sheets drawings (roll 34)
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers William John Blain: L v16 no1128; William Moncrieff Ferguson Junior: L v24 no1914