Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 58798 65056
258798, 665056


Circa 1860. Classical 5-storey commercial building with Grand Central Cinema inserted from basement to second floor, 1914-16, by William B Whitie floor, 7 bays. Iron framed; polished ashlar facing. Plain Ionic glazed pilastrade at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors; later keyblocked arched window with panelled spandrels and sculpted frieze at 1st floor centre; panelled bays above with altered cast-iron balconies in front. All windows casement with glazing bars. 14-light arched pilastrade at 4th floor. Plain frieze, modillion cornice.

Statement of Special Interest

The conversion of warehouse premises to the Grand Central Cinema seated 750. After closure in 1966, the cinema remained empty until 1973 when it re-opened as the smaller (seating 365) Classic Grand. The name changed in 1985 to the Cannon Grand, and again to the Curzon before closure in 1992. The Cinema Theatre Association note that the building was subsequently used as an amusement arcade and nightclub, and was damaged by fire in 2001 but the cinema area is once again in use as the venue the Classic Grand. They also understand that the original ceiling and the upper part of the proscenium arch are extant.

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



Gomme and Walker, 1968 p 291. Dean of Guild Ref, for cinema, 1914/114 (12 March 1914). Drawings amended in motion of 12 November 1914, completed 28 September 1916. Additional information courtesy of Iain Paterson, City of Glasgow District Council. Further information courtesy of Cinema Theatre Association: (accessed 12.02.08).

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