Basic Site Details

Name: Orient Cinema, Sword Street and Gallowgate junction
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Contractor Gibbie & Company, Ralston Road, Bearsden.

GLASGOW - Plans have been passed by the Dean of Guild Court for a 2,712-capacity cinema to be erected art Gallowgate and Sword-street. Work will commence almost at once. The architect is Mr Robert (sic) Gardner, 164 Bath-street, Glasgow. [Builder 27 March 1931 Page 595]

GLASGOW - A building contract for the cinema proposed at Sword-street and Gallowgate has been placed with Messrs Gibbie and Company, Ralston-road, Bearsdon. Mr AV Gardner, 164 Bath Street, Glasgow is the architect. [Builder 7 August 1931 Page 251]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Cinema  
Item 2 of 2Bingo hall  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Gallowgate  
Item 2 of 2Sword Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 519311932Build/construction 
Item 2 of 52 May 1932 Opened 
Item 3 of 51985 Alteration/conversionConverted to Mecca bingo hall. Facade truncated and interior renovated.
Item 4 of 51995 Closed 
Item 5 of 52004 Destruction/demolition 


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 3Albert Victor GardnerArchitectA1931  
Item 2 of 3Gardner & GlenArchitectural practiceA1931  
Item 3 of 3William Riddell GlenArchitectA1931  


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Peter, Bruce1996100 Years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas Edinburgh: Polygonpp155-157
Item 2 of 3Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p461
Item 3 of Scottish Cinemas website and databaseAccessed February 2010

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architect and Building News1931Jan-Jun p453
Item 2 of 4Architect and Building News1931Jul-Dec p27
Item 3 of 4Builder27 March 1931  p595
Item 4 of 4Builder7 August 1931  p251

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009