Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
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NS 58590 65927
258590, 665927


W J Anderson II (John MacKissack and Son), 1938-9. Multi-level brick cinema with glazed brick plinth and door surroundson steeply falling ground. 3 x 3 main bays. Stepped tower over southern entrance bay.

Elevation to Rose Street: bays divided by narrow vertical strips in insets; higher section curving upwards simple glazed brick cornices.

Elevation to Renfrew Street: low entrance bays with narrow windows, tiled surrounds in outer bays; thin pilaster strip in centre; central part breaking forward, corniced; higher recessed section with blind eaves gallery, glazed tile mullions.

Statement of Special Interest

In May 1939 this building opened as the Cosmo Cinema, the first purpose-built 'art house' cinema to open outside of London. It was designed as the flagship for the Singleton chain (which included the Kingsway, Mecca and Riddrie cinemas in Glasgow). With 850 seats, this was James McKissack's final design before his death. See the Cinema Theatre Association website for more information on the history and development of this cinema. It remains in use as a cinema today (2008).

References and Notes updated as part of Cinemas Thematic Study 2007-08.



Doak (ed) 1977 No 176. Dean of Guild Refs 1938/388, 1967/434 and 1973/412. Additional information by courtesy of Iain Paterson, City of Glasgow Council. Further information courtesy of Cinema Theatre Association: (accessed 12.02.08).

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

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