Govanhill Picture House, Glasgow

49 Bankhall Street, Govanhill, Glasgow, G42 8SL

Architect: Eric Sutherland   Listing: B-Listed (1989)   No of Seats: 1,200

Status: Building at Risk   Opened: 1926   Closed: 1961

Other information: Opened 2.5.26 by James Hamilton. Arch. Eric Sutherland. s. 1,200. Sold to ABC, 4.11.29. s. 1148. Cl. 20.5.61. Bingo until 1970. Warehouse. B-listed. Impressive, unusual Egyptian-style facade.

The B-listed Govanhill Picture House opened in 1926. Built to the designs of Eric A Sutherland, it featured a unique Egyptian-styled facade, with columns and a moulded scarab above the entranceway.

The interior sat 1,200, and although described as having stalls and balcony, the front of the ‘balcony’ came right down to the rear of the ‘stalls’ level, with a wooden dividing wall to keep the separate areas apart.

The building was sold to ABC in 1929, and remained open until 1961, from when it was used for bingo. That ended in 1974, since when the building has mainly been used as a warehouse.

However, the cinema is now derelict, and the building is on the Scottish Buildings At Risk register.
An application to demolish the building to replace it with flats, retaining just the entrance facade was passed by Glasgow City Council in 2007. No work had been done as of early 2009.


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