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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Planning Authority
West Dunbartonshire
NS 39465 79887
239465, 679887


1862 with circa 1930 additions to sides. 2-storey, 5-bay classical temple fronted public building with addition of 1930s Modern Movement outer bays. Red sandstone ashlar; painted for 1930s additions. Base course, entablature, corncie, pediment; parapet. Bipartite round-headed windows, aprons.

E (MAIN) ELEVATION: symmetrical temple front, bounded by railings and gates (described below). Giant order Doric quatrostyle portico supporting balustraded parapet, triangular pediment rising behind at centre, datestone 1862 at centre. 5-bay building, 3 doors at centre ground, letterbox fanlight; flanking broad architraved blind windows. 5 bipartites now blocked; plain ashlar parapet rising behind balustraded parapet. 1930s curved flanking bays to outer left and right, flat-roofed with ashlar coping, strip windows symmetrically disposed at ground, 1st floor.

S ELEVATION (BRIDGE ST) : squared and snecked rubble 5-bay hall with 1930s block clasping at corner. Hall with blank bays divided by pilaster strips; single storey wing advanced at centre ground, 2-bay piend-roofed block to right, bipartite; recessed entrance to outer left, narrow round-headed door, keystone, steps.

N ELEVATION (BANK ST) : 4 broad bays, 1930s block clasping left corner. 2 bays to left, bipartite at ground, 1st floor; bays to right slightly recessed, 2 bipartites at upper stage; round-headed door, biaprtite immediately to right, door to outer right.

Windows on main elevation blocked; fixed 4-pane, top-hopper windows. Grey slate piend roof.

INTERIOR : not seen 1995.

BOUNDARY WALL AND PORTALS: low pink granite reataining wall with grey granite coping to front of builidng, decorative wrought-iron railings; Flanking Egypto-classical battered portals,keystone, cornice.

Statement of Special Interest

This is a striking Classical temple-fronted building which is one of the few remaining historic public buildings in Alexandria. The building was built as a public hall and was used as a cinema from the 1930s until circa 1973. The side additions date from this change of use to a cinema.

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



F A Walker and F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992) p44. F H Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND (1897), P40. OS 1st edition, 1864. Other information courtesy of Cinema Theatre Association Scotland website, (accessed 31/12/07)

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