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Anger over plan to level listed movie hall facade

Anger over plan to level listed movie hall facade



THE listed facade of one of the oldest cinemas in Scotland is to be pulled down
under a council's controversial plans.


South Lanarkshire Council is to bulldoze the B-listed front of the former La
Scala cinema in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, to make way for an office
development.

The movie theatre was built in the 1920s but was more recently used as a
bingo hall before being bought over by the local authority.

Developers want to build a four- storey office block and 37 car parking
spaces at the site on Keith Street.

The building's auditorium was recently demolished but it is understood that
approval for this was given on condition the facade be retained.

The Cinema Theatres Association, Historic Scotland, The Theatres Trust
and and the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland all objected to the
plan.

Opponents say it flouts national planning laws which state that no listed
building should be demolished unless all efforts to retain it have failed.
They claim other applications were passed over that proposed to
incorporate the facade.

However, the council insists the plan does not contravene planning laws
and will boost the town's regeneration.

The picture house, which closed in 1960, was designed by architect James
McKissack who also created the La Scala in Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street in
1912.



James H
LowLight

Vogue Cinema - Hamilton

I was out in Hamilton yeasterday with the maw and the wee man and as we walked past the Vogue I thought I would have a wee look around.

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Alex Glass

Well done Lowlight

Great photos    
LowLight

Thanks Alex. In case anyone's over that way, the side door on the church across the road can easily be opened but I didn't tell you that.
John

Great pics Pete  

I don`t see any reason other than financial that the facade can`t be saved and incorporated into a new structure.
Stuball

Security looks appalling for a half demolished building... must try get out that way soon
Stuball

Security? What security? I'm shocked how easy it was to walk straight into the building and up the stairs.





More pics soon
LowLight

Too easy isn't. I was with the wean or I'd have been right up there.

Great shots Stu.
Stuball

LowLight wrote:
Too easy isn't. I was with the wean or I'd have been right up there.

Great shots Stu.


Thanks

I wouldn't recommend the balcony by the way.... I was shitting myself up there. The stench of pigeon in the upper right staircase was over powering
LowLight

Aye it didn't look the safest.

Did you have a look at the church?
Stuball

Nah... the door would only open so far... and we did'nt want to jiggle it with the busy bus stop nearby
LowLight

Aye a wee bit dodgy at such a busy bit.
Alex Glass

Next time wear a hardhat and Hi Vis
AlanM

Alex Glass wrote:
Next time wear a hardhat and Hi Vis


The modern invisibility cloak
nodrog

Scary wrote:

I don`t see any reason other than financial that the facade can`t be saved and incorporated into a new structure.


Got it in one.

It is, to put it mildly, an effing scandal.
They only got permission to demolish the auditorium on condition that the facade would be retained and restored in the subsequent rebuild; so they demolish the auditorium, then put in a separate application to remove the remaining building on the grounds that it's not viable after all to include it, and that the facade is rendered 'meaningless' by the lack of auditorium attached. Appalling behaviour, all the more so since the council that makes the decision stands to benefit financially from the redevelopment.

Still, a different part of the council did give Gap74 and I the keys to the place (literally!) before demolition started, so we got a full photo survey (the balcony was pretty ropey then, when there was still 4 walls and a roof over it!). You can see those here, for comparison purposes:
http://www.scottishcinemas.org.uk/scotland/hamilton/lascala/index.html

In the pictures above, the wooden panels in the roofspace are particularly sad to see, as what was formerly up there were some stunning early 1920s posters advertising Bostock & Wombwells Gigantic & Combined Show. The local museums service had hoped to remove them (along with the cartouche above the proscenium arch) before demolition started, but we understand that didn't happen :(


Marti

Fascinating...
allanphillips

But it is handy for ever so slightly out if date Klix cupasoups, or maybe thats what smells not the pigeons. was it use by 2003? hehe
Alex Glass

Well done Nodrog and

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You took your time getting here Gap's been her a while. What happened to you?
Stuball

allanphillips wrote:
But it is handy for ever so slightly out if date Klix cupasoups, or maybe thats what smells not the pigeons. was it use by 2003? hehe


I think it was 1998.... did'nt want to disturb the heap for fear of creating a further stench. It was ripe up there
norrie

You guys fairly get into places where you shouldnt be.
I know a cinema site that may be interestesd in some of those photos

Bye for now, norrie
calamity

must admit to taking my chances in the same old place.. quite dangerous and not all the well fenced off for nosey folk like us..
mrsam

Mr Sam also made it to there but with my cloak and a friend.  We was ignored by a workie on the same site so it must work....  V sad building - a shame

Mr Sam
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