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- Category: B
- Date Added: 21/07/1988
- Local Authority: Glasgow
- Planning Authority: Glasgow
- Burgh: Glasgow
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 58590 65927
- Coordinates: 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: www.scottishcinemas.org.uk (accessed 12.02.08).
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