Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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NS 60724 64051
260724, 664051


George Arthur and Son, 1910-11, as Olympia Theatre; interior rebuilt by McNair and Elder 1938. Stripped Edwardian baroque. Tall corner block, curved at corner with wide low ?1930's entrance (tiles carried along both street elevations), giant order (Ionic) above and leaded dome. Red ashlar with channelled plaster strips, deep entablature, giant order on flank to Olympia Street with brick infill panels, Orr Street elevation also mainly brick. Concealed roof.

Statement of Special Interest

Opened in September 1911 as the Olympia Theatre of Varieties, with an interior by Frank Matcham (seating around 2000). It was sold to Scottish Cinema and Variety Theatres (SCVT - the pre-cursor to the ABC chain) in 1924. The interior was rebuilt to better suit cinema use in 1938 by prolific cinema architects McNair & Elder, at which point it seated 1689. Renamed the ABC in 1963, it continued as a cinema until March 1974. From 1978 it was used as a bingo hall, and later as a furniture warehouse. The Cinema Theatre Association note that the building is now empty and that in 2003 Glasgow City Council granted planning permission to demolish the cinema and build flats behind a partially retained façade, though to date no work has yet been done on this. A serious fire occurred in the building on November 30th 2004.

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



Builder, 8th October 1910, p406. Further information courtesy of Cinema Theatre Association (accessed 12.02.08).

About Listed Buildings

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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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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.

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