Archive for For information past, present & future on the city of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  Forum Index -> Glasgow From The Past

Vogue Cinema Riddrie

Something I never knew was that the Vogue had a different name when built.. then some other interesting fact was that even although a bingo hall since the 60s it was brought back to life to show a Robert Carlyle film in 1990.
Fat Cat

Re: Vogue Cinema Riddrie

calamity wrote:
Something I never knew was that the Vogue had a different name when built.. then some other interesting fact was that even although a bingo hall since the 60s it was brought back to life to show a Robert Carlyle film in 1990.

I know a wee guy who works there.   apparently, there's loads of cinema related stuff in storage (ticket machines, etc).   Would be an interesting day out having a look.

A nice building inside.

Hi Fat cat calamity told me of this cinema, I would like a tour around this old cinema if there is one arranged

The Scotia Millerston Street, Granada Duke Street, The Rex and The Vogue Cumbernauld Road, The State Shettleston Road. The Parade and another one I can't remember name off , was it the Park? off of Alexandra Parade Dennistoun All childhood memories now

Maybe the Parade. not long demolished ..
Ruchazie Rat

Wasn`t there one on Cumbernauld Road, just after it turned north, on Alexander Park`s west boundary?  It was beside the car showroom, Skelly`s.  That was an ABC cinema.  The ABC Riddrie, maybe?  (It`s still there, now defunct.  You`ll see it on Google`s satellite photos and 3D streetwalk).


Oh you mean the Rex... aye that was bought over by Skellys Im sure.. The Vogue though is still there.

In the Denniston/Ridrie area, you had over the years,
Alexandra Parade Picture Palace
Pringles Denniston Palladium, hillfoot st,
on the site where the Palais was built
Marne Picture House renamed Park, marne st
Parade, Meadowpark st
Parade Alexandra Parade
Denniston Picture House Armade st/Findlay dr
Ridrie area
Rex and Ridrie, renamed vogue
Some of these cinemas were before some of you were born and some of them were renamed over the years

Wonderful that the Vogue stands more or less at it was built.. must be only one of its kind now... pity more couldnt have been kept in such good condition... or kept at all.

Found this about Pringles

Name: Dennistoun Roller Skating Rink
Town, district or village: Dennistoun
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost of rink estimated at £4,000
Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
Name Current name? Notes
Item 1 of 1 Pringle's Dennistoun Palladium
Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
Classification Original classification? Notes
Item 1 of 1 Skating rink
Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
Address Main entrance? Notes
Item 1 of 1 Pringle's Dennistoun Palladium, Hillfoot Street Yes

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
From To Event type Notes
Item 1 of 3 October 1909 Proposed Roller skating rink
Item 2 of 3 1911 1912 Alteration/conversion Conversion of roller skating rink to dance hall and cinema
Item 3 of 3 1937 Demolition

I cant remember this picture hall at all. and only closed in 1960 in Armadale street.

Hi calamity I was impressed by the shots you posted the link to
yes , as much as the Multi-plexes are clean comfortable I still miss the we cinemas
Vue are opening a new Cinema at the Fort Easterhouse, 23rd August, was over taking shots on Saturday
First I knew about this new cinema, I would have been over months ago for shots of it being built
Been talk over the years of a cinema in Rutherglen, not happened yet
It would have a big catchment area, Cambuslang, Kings park Toryglen,Castlemilk

Rutherglen had
The Rhul, Burnside
Grand Central Main st
The Vogue Main st
The Rio Glasgow rd
Electric Picture Palace Stonelaw rd
Greens Main st
Now we have none

Hi Calamity, thats the cinema that the Palais replaced

Is that right Norrie.. didnt know that.... oh nothing will ever replace the old picture houses. the nice ones were pure luxury to us and the work that went into bulding them was fantastic... I dont think they could do that kind of build now... would cost far too much....

Hi Calamity,  I doubt very much we will see an old style cinema being built, even as a Multi Plex

Norrie do you know if there are any photos at all of the very first Dennistoun Palais destroyed by fire in 1936.. Id love to see one..oh were right off thread now..

Hi calamity, never see a photo of it
The info I have is the cinema closed December 1921, became a dance hall and demolished 1937, no mention of a fire
Palais must have been built after 1937

This 1938 photograph shows the Roslea Drive entrance to Dennistoun Palais.

The original Dennistoun Palais opened in 1922, but was destroyed by fire in 1936. When it was rebuilt and re-opened in 1938 it was the biggest dance hall in Glasgow, with a capacity of 1,800. It was said that ten times round the dance floor represented a mile. Resident band Lauri Blandford and his Orchestra often stood aside for nationally-famous big bands such as the Joe Loss Orchestra. The Dennistoun Palais continued to provide memories for Glasgow dancers until 1962, after which the building was converted into a supermarket.

The “Denny Pally” is immortalised in a couple of lines from the well-known folk song Cod liver oil and the orange juice, which sums up its appeal for many - “Does this bus go tae the Dennistoun Palais? Oh-ho, I'm lookin' fur a lumber”.

Reference: Glasgow City Archives, D-CA 8/2636

Hi Calamity no photo on your post but I may well have seen it before, might even have it in my collection

Its the same photo weve all seen Norrie... I was more showing about the fire from the first Palais, Id love photos of that one. doubt we ll find it...
Ruchazie Rat

calamity wrote:
Oh you mean the Rex... aye that was bought over by Skellys Im sure.. The Vogue though is still there.

Yup, The ABC Rex.  Great memories of my early youth in the 70`s.  Strolling all the way down from Ruchazie, with my mates, through Riddrie to get here.  Then, afterwards, on a good summer`s day, a wander into Alexander Park.  Or maybe a trek along the old railway trench running east behind the Rex.  (Beforehand, though, maybe a wee slide up and down the sloped roof of the exterior fire exit.  The one down the wee lane on it`s north side).

Drum roll, part the curtains, here it is...

Fat Cat

Ruchazie Rat  

I wasn't a great cinemagoer until I hit my teens - never bothered much about the matinees as a wean - but I did use the Vogue and the Rex quite often.  If I remember aright there used to be a sweetie shop, or at least a shop that sold sweeties, nearby, because I remember one of my mates going into the shop and asking the wummin for a particular brand of chewing gum on sale at the time that was known as a "Thrill".  He used to ask the wummin tae give him a thrill.  

Other cinemas I frequented were the Carlton and the Casino, much further along the Parade, in Townhead.
Lobey Dosser

Cinemas I remember from my childhood are:

The Vogue (Balmore Rd, Possil)
The Astoria (Possil Rd)
The Princes (Gourlay St, Springburn)
The Kinema (Springburn Rd)
The Astor (Wellfield St,(?) Springburn.) Forum Index -> Glasgow From The Past
Page 1 of 1
Create your own free forum | Buy a domain to use with your forum
The early bird catches the worm (proverb) | The second mouse gets the cheese (fact)