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Forgotten factories

When I talk about Wilsons Pipe Fitters in Fordneuk st Bridgeton no one seems to remember it, it covered, the bottom half of Fordneuk st part of Broad st and down Rimsdale st on the ground where the bus station/bus museum now stands... It was an open work without cover and I could watch the workmen moving the heavy pipes from my granny s window in Fordneuk st...sadly it had to close in the late 50s early 60s...  This is another factory I came across that must have closed either during or after the First World War.. but I dont remember anyone talking of this factory in Crownpoint road or street.
Wilsons stood to the right here.  



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This is another place Ive always tried to find out about.. Ive now contacted Argyll Motors asking them if they know anything about this place at Olympia st /London road.
okaydoak

Hiya,
This photograph,which I believe comes from a Glasgow Tram book,shows the former Bridgeton Cross Electric Theatre.Opened in late 1910,to the design of George Boswell,Architect,the cinema closed in 1932.It would have been unable to upgrade for Talkie films,I suspect.

Apart from its first year of existance,it was owned and operated by the George Green circuit,who re-named it Green's Picturedome.
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Thanks a lot for that info as Im interested in old cinemas and had thought that the building had been demolished in the 30s. but in saying that the shape does look like a wee cinema... my auntie said she used to go to dances in there.. so it might have been used for that in the 40s before it was some type of factory.... its the factory the Light Car House I was trying to find out about...This is what Id read some time ago about the cinema but Ill go with what you say..         Bridgeton X Electric Th. Olympia Street o. 1910 by West of Scotland Electric Ths. Arch. George A Boswell. Leased to Green's from 1912 and renamed Picturedrome. Cl., dem. 1932.
okaydoak

Although this is the only photograph of the building that I've ever come across,and the original 1910 drawings for the cinema are long-lost from Glasgow City Archives,I am fairly confident that this is the old Picturedome.On closing,it would have made an easy conversion into a Dance Hall,and an equally easy conversion into commercial/industrial premises thereafter.It would be nice to come across another photo,mind.
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I have one of an old postcard I bought a few years ago but almost the same a the one I had on... I had asked my old auntie about the place but she didnae seem to remember , ever when I said about her older sister telling me she used to go dancing there, Im not sure about this but I think she called it the Brigton Waverley... could that be right... as no one else seems to have heard about it.... my auntie spoke about the great nights they had dancing the charleston in the Brigton Waverley.... thanks for you help , great bit of info there..I noticed too in the photo is says Chieftain bodies. so could they have made parts for lorries or buses...
okaydoak

Hiya,
Bridgeton Waverley was certainly the name of the local football team (as I am sure you will know),so probobly your auntie had some great nights out at their social functions!
I have had a look in the Post Office Directories for the period,and during the mid 1930s there is a venue listed as "Reveller's Club" in the proximity of the Olympia Theatre and the Linoleum Shop.I wonder if this is it?

Later entries for the premises (under 22 Olympia Street),give the following:
1952:Ronstan.
1956:Twelftree Chiefton Bodies.

Cheers,Chris.
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Briilliant bit of info there , Ive been trying to find that out for ages... the Chieftain bodies is on the photo from what looks like late 50s... so the Revellers club... my other auntie told me that along London road up a pend near Heron st.. there was club, called the Toeplate, but was also known at another time as the Covenanter. she said it was up a wooden staircase over the pend... I rememeber where that was but not the club.. must have been further back than the 50s..thanks again ..
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