Basic Site Details

Name: Orient Cinema
Town, district or village: Ayr
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: 'Atmospheric' cinema with a Moorish theme. Used as a bingo hall for a decade from 1983; now derelict.

Contractor Finlay & McGeechan

Plans are being prepared for a new cinema in Main-street. Mr John McAlister, solicitor, 65 Bath-street, Glasgow is connected with the scheme. The architect is Mr Albert V Glen (sic) 164 Bath-street, Glasgow. [Builder 2 October 1931 Page 562]

Mr John McAllister, solicitor, Glasgow, has submitted a petition to Ayr Dean of Guild Court for the erection of a picture house on the west side of Main-street, Ayr. The petition was granted subject to street work being adjusted with the town surveyor. Excluding furnishings, the cost is £12,000. It will be fitted with “talkie” apparatus with seating accommodation for over 1,600. The architect is Mr A V Gardner, 164 Bath-street, Glasgow [Builder 30 October 1931 Page 562]

A contract for excavation and for building of the super cinema for Mr John McAlister, 59 Bath-street, Glasgow at Main-street (Mr Albert V Glen (sic) 164 Bath-street, Glasgow, architect) has gone to Messrs Finlay and McGeechan, 8 Palm-street, Glasgow. [Builder 18 December 1931 Page 971]

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 1Main Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219311932Build/construction 
Item 2 of 21950s  Interior details removed and interior 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 1Albert Victor Gardner A19311932 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp165
Item 2 of 3Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp30
Item 3 of 3Peter, Bruce2000Clyde Coast Picture Palaces Ochiltree: Stenlake Publishingp42

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder5 January 1931  p562
Item 2 of 3Builder30 October 1931  p362
Item 3 of 3Builder18 December 1931  p971

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