Basic Site Details

Name: Toledo Cinema, Muirend
Town, district or village: Cathcart
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Contractor Mitchell & Sons ltd, 140 Clarkston Road, Cathcart.

On behalf of a company a picture house is being erected at Clarkston-road and Bogton-avenue, Muirend, Glasgow. The seating capacity is 1,600 and the cost about 25,000. The architects are Messrs Weddell and Inglis, 216 Bath-street, and the picture house will be ready in October. The design is Spanish and the interior will be on atmospheric lines. [Builder 10 February 1933 Page 263]

Contracts for the various work in connection with the erection of the cinema in Clarkston-road, Cathcart, Glasgow, have now been placed. The architects are Messrs Weddell and Inglis 216 Bath Street and the contractor Messrs Mitchell and Sons Ltd. 140 Clarkston Road, Cathcart. [Builder Page 744}

In 1932 Weddell merged his practice with that of the cinema specialist and entrepreneur William Beresford Inglis who had also commenced independent practice c.1920. The newly formed partnership was based at 216 Bath Street which Inglis had occupied since 1926. At the time of the merger, Inglis was the owner of the North British Theatres Ltd, formed to build the Andalusian atmospheric Boulevard Cinema in Knightswood. Inglis ran it himself and booked his own films.

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Cinema  
Item 2 of 2Flats From c2001

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Bogton Avenue  
Item 2 of 2380, Clarkston RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51933 Build/construction 
Item 2 of 52 October 1933 Opened 
Item 3 of 513 January 1961 Alteration/conversioncinema to be converted into a 24 alley bowling rink per Builder p82
Item 4 of 51982  The auditorium tripled in 1982; new Cinema 1 comprised the original circle area with a new screen - 482 seats, Cinema 2 - 208 seats in old front stalls, using original proscenium opening, and Cinema 3 - 90 seats in rear stalls.
Item 5 of 5c. 2001 Alteration/conversionEverything demolished except for facade and flats built behind facade


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 4James Wilkie WeddellArchitectA19321933 
Item 2 of 4Weddell & InglisArchitectural practiceA19321933 
Item 3 of 4William Beresford InglisArchitectA19321933 
Item 4 of 4Howard & UnickArchitectural practiceC1982 Auditorium tripled to three screens


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2ABC Ltd.Ownership taken over by ABC in 1939
Item 2 of 2Toledo Picture House Company 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Louden, T1983The Cinemas of Cinema City  pp62, 64
Item 2 of 4Peter, Bruce1996100 Years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas Edinburgh: Polygonp189
Item 3 of 4Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p539
Item 4 of Scottish Cinemas website and databaseAccessed 19/3/10

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architect and Building News1933Jan-June p147, p353
Item 2 of 4Builder10 February 1933  p263
Item 3 of 4Builder5 May 1933  pp744, 754
Item 4 of 4Builder13 January 1961  p82

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33920 
Item 2 of 2Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of GuildGCA DG 1933/67