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Casino Cinema, Castle st, Townhead, March 1973, Duncan McCallum



Casino Cinema, 149/155 Castle st, Townhead
Opened 23-10-1911 by A E Pickard
Architect George A Boswell
Sat 987
Sold to Glasgow Casino Ltd March 1924
Closed 17-2-1965
Bingo until 1968
Demolished 1973
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Electric Picture Palace, Stonelaw rd, Rutherglen, BP?




Electric Picture Palace,Stonelaw rd Rutherglen
Opened 3-2-1911 by Rutherglen Electric Theatre Ltd
Sat 600
Closed 1930
Billiard Hall for some time
Closed and demolished 1968
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Greens Cinema, Main st, Rutherglen, BP?


Greens Pavilion, Main st, Rutherglen
Opened 1914 by George Green Ltd
Architect John Fairweather
Sat 920
Renovated April 1936 and renamed Greens Cinema
Closed March 1959
A car showroom for sometime
Demolished 1985
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Gem Cinema,Great Western rd, Woodside, Photo by Chris Doak




Granville Cinema, 164 Great Western rd, Woodside
Opened 1921 by Granville Picture House Ltd
Architect George M Brand
Sat 550
Renovated 1928 and renamed Gem
Owners, Gem Cinema Ltd
Sat 592
Closed 1958
Car showroom for a number of years
Demolished 1981
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Alhambra Theatre,79 Wellington st, from the book, The City That Disappeared




The Alhambra opened on 9 December 1910 at 41 Waterloo Street, Glasgow and was acknowledged as the best equipped theatre north of London. The Theatre was designed by Sir John J. Burnet.
The Alhambra specialised in high class variety, often with a Scottish flavour, although stars such as Sara Bernhardt and Vesta Tilley also appeared, mixed with pantomimes starring the leading Scottish entertainers of the day including Will Fyffe (1885-1947), Alec Finlay (1905-1984) and Harry Gordon(1893-1957). Later, theatre companies such as the Wilson Barret Company were added to the list of attractions.

In 1954 the theatre was acquired by Howard and Wyndham whose Five-Past Eight summer shows and Wish for Jamie pantomimes were seen by around half a million people a year in the early 1960s.

Many famous names such as Rikki Fulton (1924-2004), Jimmy Logan (1928-2001), Stanley Baxter (1926-), Fay Lenore, Roddy MacMillan and Kenneth McKellar took part in these shows.

Other distinctions for the Alhambra were the staging of Scotland's first Royal Variety Show on 3 July 1958, when tickets for the best seats cost 50, and the Scottish premiere of My Fair Lady in May 1964.

The final show was a concert by Cilla Black on 24 May 1969. The theatre was demolished in 1971.
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Carlton Cinema, Castle st, Townhead, A Stewart

My wife and I had our first date in this cinema, December 1962



Carlton Cinema, Castle st, Townhead,no photoID


Rear of Carlton Cinema, Castle st, Townhead,no photo ID



Carlton Cinema, 150 Castle st, Townhead
Opened 4-1-1926 by James Graham
Architect Duff and Cairns
Sat 1,619
Sold to Glasgow and West of Scotland Theatres 4-4-1945
Sold to CMA(Rank) 23-4-1945
Closed and demolished 5-3-1966
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Eglinton Electreum Picture House, Eglinton st, Laurieston, from the book The City that Disappeared.




Eglinton Electreum Picture House, 25 Eglinton st, Laurieston
Opened  14-12-1911 by Eglinton Electrum Ltd
Sat 650
Closed and demolished, May 1955
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Rhul Cinema, Stonelaw rd, Burnside Rutherglen, R Wilson



Rhul Cinema, Stonelaw rd,Burnside Rutherglen
Opened 27-4-1932 by Burnside Picture House Co Ltd
Architect Neil C Duff
Sat 1,250
Sold to ABC December 1936
Closed and demolished 5-11-1960
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Empire Theatre, Sauchiehall st,West Nile st, from The City That Disappeared



Empire Theatre, Sauchiehall st,from The City That Disappeared



Glasgow Empire Theatre, known as the Glasgow Palace Empire until the early 1900s, was a major theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, which opened in 1897 on the site of the Gaiety Theatre at 31-35 Sauchiehall Street. It was one of the leading theatres in the UK chain of theatres owned and developed by Moss Empires under the chairmanship of Sir Edward Moss.


Beginning and reopening
The theatre was designed by the renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham for the Moss Empires theatre chain. Vesta Tilley topped the opening bill. The Gaiety had opened in 1874, staging pantomime, opera, musicals and plays but changed to variety, which Moss Empires developed further.

Expanding westwards towards Renfield Street and after a major Art Deco redesign by Sunderland-based architects W & TR Milburn it re-opened in 1931 with a seating capacity of 2,100. The main attraction on the re-opening was Jack Payne and the BBC Dance Band.
Theatre attractions
The Empire presented variety, revues, musicals and dance, including Pavlova, winter circus, pantomimes and ice spectaculars especially those produced by Tom Arnold. Over the years many stars appeared including Lilly Langtry, Laurel and Hardy, Sir Harry Lauder, G. H. Elliott, Tommy Lorne, Evelyn Laye, Will Fyffe, Harry Gordon, Robert Wilson, the Logan family and Andy Stewart. Dance bands included Jack Hylton and Joe Loss. Top quality American artistes were greatly welcomed, including the Andrews Sisters and Billy Eckstine. Fats Waller made his European debut in the Empire in 1938. Tony Bennett, Johnnie Ray, Frankie Laine, Connie Francis, Eartha Kitt, Howard Keel, Guy Mitchell, Mel Tormé and Liberace were joined by Frank Sinatra, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Jack Benny and a great favourite Danny Kaye.

Other performers from Britain who became regulars included Nat Gonella, Jimmy Young, Harry Secombe, Max Bygraves, Ken Dodd (who brought the house down), Eddie Cochran, Adam Faith, Cliff Richard, the Springfields and Frankie Vaughan before he headlined at the Alhambra Theatre. Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey made her debut at the theatre in 1959 and was initially given a hard time before asking the audience to give her a chance, whereupon the singer finished her set and was warmly applauded.[4]

The Empire was notorious within showbiz circles as "The English comic's grave", if their act was slow or thin. Among those judged this way were Bob Monkhouse, Tommy Cooper, Gregg Jevin, Bernie Winters and Morecambe and Wise. Des O'Connor pretended to faint when the Glasgow audience started jeering his act and was duly dragged off stage. Roy Castle survived because of his versatility.

Comedian Ken Dodd famously disparaged attempts to psychoanalyse humour with the rebuttal, "The trouble with Sigmund Freud is that he never played second house at the Glasgow Empire after both halves of the Old Firm had just lost!"

Final curtain
The final curtain came down on the theatre on 31 March 1963 with a cast that included the Red Army Choir, Duncan Macrae, Robert Wilson, Iain Cuthbertson, Albert Finney, Rikki Fulton and Andy Stewart.[6] The site is now occupied by Empire House, an office and retail development, and 31-35 Sauchiehall Street are occupied by the Body Shop and Dino's restaurant respectively.
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Phoenix Cinema, Sawfield place, Woodside, no photo ID



Phoenix Cinema, Sawfield place, Woodside, no photo ID


Phoenix Cinema, Sawfield place, Woodside, no photo ID



Phoenix Cinema, Sawfield place, Woodside
Opened 1921 by Northern Kinema Ltd
Architect D McNaughton and Son
Sat 980
Sold to ABC September 1928
Sold to K M Dunn 1943, Renamed Endrick 23-12-1948
Closed September 1955
Hugh Frasers warehouse for some time
Demolished 1972


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