Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 48381 64051
248381, 664051


1881, interior renovation 1981. Offices and meeting

halls. 3 storeys. East elevation (Terrace Buildings)

5-bays Italian Renaissance; ashlar. Centre doorway

(later converted to tripartite window) round-arched

and flanked by banded pilasters on pedestals. Similar

pilasters divide bays (altered at left) and extend

through 1st floor at angles. Cill course to ground

floor with pediment to centre bay. Blind balustrade to

1st floor windows, and cill course. Windows architraved

with consoled pediments, alternately triangular and

segmental. Moulded string over. Cill course to 2nd

floor, bracketted below lugged architraved windows.

Panelled angle pilasters. Bracketted eaves cornice.

Balustrade with dies and urns. Slate roof. 10-bay north

elevation with basement increasing in height to

east. Squared rubble with ashlar dressings. Segmentally

headed doorway at east and various flat-headed doors.

At west 3 panelled pilasters support brackets and

fretted balcony. Variety of glazing.

Statement of Special Interest

A cinema, the Royal Animated Pictures, was opened in 1910 in the upper floors of the halls. This cinema was the site of a fire in 1929, when 71 children died on Hogmany, after a call of "fire" resulted in a panic stampede. This is the worst cinema disaster in Scotland's history. Information from the Cinema Theatre Association notes that the original ceiling and much of the upper auditorium remains intact.

Notes and references updated as part of Cinema Thematic Study 2007-08.



Groome's ORDNANCE GAZETTEER, 1884. Some information courtesy of Cinema Theatre Association Scotland (accessed 31-12-07).

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