Basic Site Details

Name: Picture House
Town, district or village: Ayr
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Site now occupied by a branch of Littlewoods.

Mr Charles J McNair of 112 Bath-street, Glasgow has prepared plans for additions and alterations to the Picture Theatre, Ayr for the Ayrshire Cinematograph Theatres Limited [Builder 11 November 1927, p758]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Gaumont CinemaYesFrom the late 1940s until the cinema's closure on 8 June 1968

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 1131, High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 519201921Construction 
Item 2 of 513 October 1921 Opened 
Item 3 of 51922 Design exhibited 
Item 4 of 51927 Alterations and additions 
Item 5 of 58 June 1968  Cinema closed down


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 4Daniel Walter MacMathArchitectA19201921 
Item 2 of 4Gavin LennoxArchitectA19201921 
Item 3 of 4Lennox & MacMathArchitectural practiceA19201921 
Item 4 of 4Charles James McNairArchitectB19271928Additions


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Ayrshire Cinema Theatres Ltd 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Peter, Bruce2000Clyde Coast Picture Palaces Ochiltree: Stenlake Publishingp41
Item 2 of 3Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1922   659
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder11 November 1927  p758
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journalc. 1955 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsUndated obituary clipping

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Chris DoakInformation via website Sent August 2007