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Latitude: 55.8495 / 55°50'58"N
Longitude: -4.2262 / 4°13'34"W
OS Eastings: 260724
OS Northings: 664051
OS Grid: NS607640
Mapcode National: GBR 0SQ.CV
Mapcode Global: WH4QF.17SJ
Plus Code: 9C7QRQXF+QG
Entry Name: Olympia Theatre, 2-16 Orr Street, Glasgow
Listing Name: 14 Orr Street, Olympia Street, County Bingo
Listing Date: 23 March 1977
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 377470
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33642
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Calton
Traditional County: Lanarkshire
George Arthur and Son, 1910-11, as Olympia Theatre; interior rebuilt by McNair and Elder 1938. Stripped Edwardian baroque. Tall corner block, curved at corner with wide low ?1930's entrance (tiles carried along both street elevations), giant order (Ionic) above and leaded dome. Red ashlar with channelled plaster strips, deep entablature, giant order on flank to Olympia Street with brick infill panels, Orr Street elevation also mainly brick. Concealed roof.
Opened in September 1911 as the Olympia Theatre of Varieties, with an interior by Frank Matcham (seating around 2000). It was sold to Scottish Cinema and Variety Theatres (SCVT - the pre-cursor to the ABC chain) in 1924. The interior was rebuilt to better suit cinema use in 1938 by prolific cinema architects McNair & Elder, at which point it seated 1689. Renamed the ABC in 1963, it continued as a cinema until March 1974. From 1978 it was used as a bingo hall, and later as a furniture warehouse. The Cinema Theatre Association note that the building is now empty and that in 2003 Glasgow City Council granted planning permission to demolish the cinema and build flats behind a partially retained façade, though to date no work has yet been done on this. A serious fire occurred in the building on November 30th 2004.
Listing including References and Notes updated as part of Cinemas Thematic Study 2007-08.
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