Orient, Ayr

53-59, Main Street, Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA8 8BU

Architect: AV Gardner   Listing: None   No of Seats: Unknown

Status: Building at Risk   Opened: 1932   Closed: 1983

Other information: Opened 1932. Arch. A.V. Gardner. Originally had Moorish theme. Bingo from 1983 to 1998. Nightclub. Ext. intact but garishly painted.

Opened in 1932. Bingo since 1983, then a nightclub, then derelict for a number of years.

Designed by Albert V Gardner, the interior design lived up to its name, and was originally atmospheric, with painted details and fake plaster buildings adorning the side walls. Sadly this was mostly removed when the interior was modernised to allow a larger cinemascope screen to be installed, forward of the original proscenium.

Fragments of the original 1930s decorative scheme do survive in voids behind the later proscenium – look for the painted palm tree detail, and up in the roof, painted detail reminiscent of that intended to represent a tented ceiling at Gardner’s other atmospheric, the Kelvin in Glasgow.

Image above © Copyright Leslie Barrie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


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