Basic Site Details

Name: Palace Cinema III
Town, district or village: Arbroath
City or county: Angus
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The Associated British Cinemas Limited propose the erection of a cinema. The plans will be prepared by the company’s architect Mr W R Glen FRIAS. [Builder 24 June 1938 Page 1251]

Messrs Robert Pert and Son Limited, Montrose will carry out the building contract for a cinema to be erected in James-street for Associated British Cinemas Limited 30 Golden Square London W1. The architect is Mr W R Glen FRIAS [Builder 21 July 1939 Page 123]

Opened May 1940 by ABC, designed by architect WR Glen to seat 1,488. Passed to JB Milne, October 1963. Part-week bingo from mid-60s. Sold to Kingsway Ents, early 1970s. Bingo only from 1984. Sold to Border Movies Ltd, late 1985. Films reinstated (balcony only). Stalls became roller rink, 1988. Closed 1991. Demolished December 1992 for housing. (Scottish Cinemas database)

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Arbroath Picture Hall Name of 1909 cinema on this site.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61909 OpenedArbroath Picture Hall / Palace [I] opened in September 1909 in the former Arbroath Theatre of 1901 (itself the former Inverbrothock Free Church). Renamed the Palace in 1910, it was demolished in June 1914.
Item 2 of 61914 Build/constructionThis was on the site of the earlier Palace, which opened on October 1914, seating 1,150. Sold to JB Milne, 1916. Absorbed into SCVT, 1917.
Item 3 of 61938 Proposed 
Item 4 of 6April 1939 Destruction/demolitionSecond Palace closed and demolished in April 1939.
Item 5 of 6After 1939 Build/constructionThird Palace cinema built on the same site.
Item 6 of 6May 1940 Opened 


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 1William Riddell GlenArchitectA1938  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Associated British Cinemas 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of Scottish Cinemas website and databaseAccessed April 2012.

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder24 June 1938  p1251
Item 2 of 2Builder21 July 1939  p123

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Donald KirkbrideInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent April 2012.
Item 2 of 2Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009