Basic Site Details

Name: Alexandra Music Hall
Town, district or village: Cowcaddens
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: Accomodation for 700. Was part of the Theatre Royal Buildings in Cowcaddens Street at Hope Street, sitting over the theatre entrance corridor in Cowcaddens.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Alexandra Assembly Halls Unclear if this was ever the name.
Item 2 of 2Bijou Picture Hall After 1908

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Music hall  
Item 2 of 2Cinema  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 273, Cowcaddens Street  
Item 2 of 2Hope Street Cowcaddens Street 'at Hope Street'.


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41908  Converted to Bijou Picture House
Item 2 of 41914 Design exhibitedNew entrance
Item 3 of 41929  Closed for safety reasons and demolished
Item 4 of 41958 Destruction/demolitionReplaced by offices and stores for television broadcasting.


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 4Clarke & Bell B1867  
Item 2 of 4George Bell I B1867  
Item 3 of 4William Clarke B1867  
Item 4 of 4William Beattie-Brown  1914 New entrance to Bijou Picture House; may also have been responsible for 1908 conversion from Alexandra Assembly Halls


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 4Baylis Trust1870
Item 2 of 4Baylis, JamesClient for 1867 Clarke & Bell hall.
Item 3 of 4Howard & Wyndham Ltd1893

The “child structure” of Alexandra Music Hall was never owned by Ralph Pringle – during his tenure of cine variety the building client was Howard & Wyndham Ltd.
Item 4 of 4Scottish Television1957

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Theatre RoyalThe building clients in the life of the Theatre Royal have been:

James Baylis , 1867
Messrs McClures & Hannay, Solicitors, from 1877 (no connection to Alexander Hannay)
Howard & Wyndham from 1888, and Howard & Wyndham Ltd from 1895
thereafter STV, Scottish Opera.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Peter, Bruce1996100 Years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas Edinburgh: Polygonp125
Item 2 of 3RSA1914   558
Item 3 of 3Smith, Graeme2008The Theatre Royal: entertaining a Nation Glasgow Publications 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Graeme SmithInformation via website (from Graeme Smith)