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Mecca Bingo Hall, 106-110 Nethergate, Dundee

A Category B Listed Building in Dundee, Dundee

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Latitude: 56.4585 / 56°27'30"N

Longitude: -2.9729 / 2°58'22"W

OS Eastings: 340137

OS Northings: 730022

OS Grid: NO401300

Mapcode National: GBR Z9M.F3

Mapcode Global: WH7RB.9XKP

Plus Code: 9C8VF25G+CR

Entry Name: Mecca Bingo Hall, 106-110 Nethergate, Dundee

Listing Name: 106 Nethergate, Mecca Playhouse Tower (Formerly Green's Playhouse)

Listing Date: 26 August 1988

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 361662

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB25437

Building Class: Cultural

Also known as: Green's Playhouse, Dundee
Mecca Playhouse

ID on this website: 200361662

Location: Dundee

County: Dundee

Town: Dundee

Electoral Ward: Maryfield

Traditional County: Angus

Tagged with: Cinema

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Joseph Emberton and John Fairweather, 1935-36. Restored by Cooper Cromar 1996-97.

International Modern super cinema advertising tower: 87 feet high steel-framed tower flanked by twin cylindrical drums. Main fin glazed "waterfall effect". Outer section carries lettering MECCA (formerly PLAYHOUSE). Top section over horizontal rib, formerly inscribed GREENS. Additional MECCA sign to S elevation. Modern canopy and entrance (formerly stepped ribbed cove-lit neon lettering in silhouette).

Statement of Interest

The tallest advertising tower in Britain, inspired by the night architecture fashions of west coast America, and fore-runner of Tait's Tower at the 1938 Glasgow Exhibition. Opened in 1936 by Green's, at 4,126 seats, this was the second largest cinema in Europe, with a lavish columned interior by John Alexander. The building was sold, along with other Green's properties, to Mecca during the mid 1960s, and became Mecca Bingo in 1968. Only the advertising tower survived a fire in 1995, and was replaced in 1997 by Cooper Cromar.

The tower, undamaged by the fire, was temporarily relocated to facilitate the rebuilding of the auditorium, stripped of its 1970 overcladding, the original steel structure re-erected and clad to return it to an updated version of its 1930s appearance. Category changed from A to B, 6 March 1998.

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

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