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1544 Great Western Road, Formerly County Bingo Hall and Ascot Cinema

A Category B Listed Building in Glasgow, Glasgow

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8892 / 55°53'20"N

Longitude: -4.3212 / 4°19'16"W

OS Eastings: 254925

OS Northings: 668660

OS Grid: NS549686

Mapcode National: GBR 058.3N

Mapcode Global: WH3P1.L7HM

Entry Name: 1544 Great Western Road, Formerly County Bingo Hall and Ascot Cinema

Listing Date: 10 July 1989

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 374287

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB32337

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Partick East/Kelvindale

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

C J McNair, architect, 1939, Super cinema converted to flats with façade retention 2001. Symmetrical stepped elevation to Great Western Road. Curved three-quarter height stair towers to outer bays. Recessed 5-bay central block with entrance to ground and windows to 1st. Rendered walling, all white painted with some exposed band courses. Cream faience tiling to stair towers with bands of contrasting colour near top.

Statement of Interest

The 1,963 seat Ascot opened in December 1939, after delays in construction caused by the declaration of War, and subsequent alterations to strengthen the roof to provide better shelter in the event of bombing. It was renamed 'Gaumont' in 1950 and became 'Odeon' in 1964, before closing as a cinema and converting to a bingo hall in 1975. After final closure in 1998 the building remained empty until 2001 when new flats were erected on the site, with only the principle façade retained.

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

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