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Latitude: 55.8361 / 55°50'9"N
Longitude: -4.256 / 4°15'21"W
OS Eastings: 258809
OS Northings: 662617
OS Grid: NS588626
Mapcode National: GBR 0LW.BP
Mapcode Global: WH3P8.LKJV
Entry Name: 47 Bankhall Street, Shoe Warehouse (Former Govanhill Picture House)
Listing Date: 5 December 1989
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 374565
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB32425
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Southside Central
Traditional County: Lanarkshire
Eric A Sutherland as Govanhill Picture House, opened 1926, now (1989) a shoe warehouse with interior much altered. Long rectangular-plan gabled range with flank to street.
Egyptian-derived entrance set forward central; contrasting green and white tiles and white harl; arched wide open entrance, pair lotus bud columns, flanking square turrets with octagonal ogee-domed drums enclosed by parapets, open-worked balcony at mid-wall height extends either side, towards lesser porch at right; gabled range has tiled roof, tile-clad E gable head with flat-roofed shallow range abutting.
An unusual Egyptian inspired design, the former Govanhill Picture House seated 1,200. It is one of only a handful of Egyptian-themed cinemas in the UK. Although described as having stalls and balcony, the front 'balcony' came right down to the sear of the 'stalls' level, with a wooden dividing wall to keep the separate areas apart.
It was sold to ABC in 1929 and the cinema remained in use until 1961 when the last film, "Song Without End" was run. The building subsequently became a bingo hall, then a warehouse. The Cinema Theatre Association website notes that planning permission for a façade retention with flats to the rear was granted in 2007.
References and Notes updated as part of Cinemas Thematic Study 2007-08.
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