Basic Site Details

Name: New Alhambra Theatre
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Unexecuted
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Notes: This was the site of James Salmon's proposed Lantern Theatre for the Scottish Repertory Company Ltd, 1918.

New Alhambra Theatre (site became Wateroo Street Bus Station in 1927)
To be built by a new company headed by Sir Alfred Butt as a sister theatre to the existing Alhambra Theatre.

The site was bought by Butt to stop competitors Scottish Repertory Co Ltd from buying it as the site for the theatre proposed for them by James Salmon, whose drawing of the proposed Lantern Theatre was earlier described as for Pitt Street/Bothwell Street.

The “New Alhambra Theatre” proposed name had been chosen when Butt made his announcement, but never released to the public. The outline plans were prepared by Sir John Burnet, who also prepared comparative costings and revenue capacities of Glasgow and London theatres. (Plans most likely lost to posterity when the Burnett office papers were not withdrawn out of a 1939-45 storage facility- DMW. )In place of a second theatre the existing Alhambra was extended westwards along Waterloo Street in 1927/28. See separate entry.

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 Street NE corner
Item 2 of 2Wellington Street NE corner


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21919 Plans drawn up 
Item 2 of 21921  Scheme abandoned


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 3(Sir) John James Burnet A1919 Designs drawn up
Item 2 of 3Burnet, Son & Dick A1919 Designs drawn up
Item 3 of 3Norman Aitken Dick A1919 Designs drawn up


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Butt, Sir AlfredTo be built by a company headed up by Butt.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Smith, Graeme2011Alhambra, Glasgow  p44-45

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)  Sent June 2013.