Basic Site Details

Name: Cranston's Picture House and Tea Rooms, Renfield Street
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: A second cinema, the News Theatre opened 1954; a third (Tatler Cinema Club) also opened in 1969.

Cranston’s Picture House, Renfield -street, has been acquired by Messrs Harry and Claude Winocour, 108 Regent-street, Glasgow. Extensive alterations are being considered. [Builder 22 November 1935 Page 946]

Plans are in hand for an extensive scheme of reconstruction at (not readable) cinema at Renfield Street for which Messrs John McKissack and Son 68 West Regent Street Glasgow are the architects. [Builder 29 November 1935 Page 984]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Classic  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cinema  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 113-17, Renfield StreetYesOdd nos.


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 618971898 Original building
Item 2 of 619141916 Rebuilt as 13-17 Renfield Street
Item 3 of 622 May 1916 Opened 
Item 4 of 61935  Interior reconstructed
Item 5 of 6c. 1982 DamageFire
Item 6 of 6c. 1989 * ReconstructionRefurbishment, including new glass dome

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 10Colin MenziesArchitectC1897 Original building
Item 2 of 10David ThomsonArchitectC1897 Original building - may not have been involved as in 1897 he retired
Item 3 of 10Thomson & MenziesArchitectural practiceC1897 Original building
Item 4 of 10James MillerArchitectA19141916With John Ednie - rebuilding as 13-17 Renfield Street. Also with Richard Gunn as assistant
Item 5 of 10John EdnieInterior designerA19141916Tearoom in Louis XVI style with Miller - rebuilding as 13-17 Renfield Street
Item 6 of 10Richard McLeod Morrison GunnArchitectA19141916Possibly involved, as assistant to James Miller
Item 7 of 10James McKissackArchitectB1935 Reconstruction, including alterations to rake of floor
Item 8 of 10John McKissack & SonArchitectural practiceB1935 Reconstruction, including alterations to rake of floor
Item 9 of 10William James Anderson IIArchitectB1935 Reconstruction, including alterations to rake of floor
Item 10 of 10Godfrey Dodgson LodgeArchitect c. 1989 * Refurbishment, including new glass dome

* earliest date known from documented sources.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Cranston, Stuart - of Cranston's Tea Rooms Ltd 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Louden, T1983The Cinemas of Cinema City  p4, 9
Item 2 of 4Peter, Bruce1996100 Years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas Edinburgh: Polygonp178
Item 3 of 4RSA1916   565
Item 4 of 4Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p231

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Architects Journal29 November 1916  opposite p 252
Item 2 of 7Architects Journal10 February 1993  p11
Item 3 of 7Builder22 November 1935  p946
Item 4 of 7Builder29 November 1935  p984
Item 5 of 7Building Industries15 August 1914   
Item 6 of 7Glasgow Advertiser and Property Circular20 September 1898   
Item 7 of 7Scottish Country LifeDecember 1916  p564

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33101 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSWeddell and Thomson Archive Summary Material (Handlists, Job lists etc) Thomson & Menzies job list
Item 4 of 4Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild Ref 1935/487