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18 Moss-Side Road, Frankfort Street, Bertram Street, Former Waverley Cinema

A Category A Listed Building in Pollokshields, Glasgow

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8312 / 55°49'52"N

Longitude: -4.2817 / 4°16'54"W

OS Eastings: 257180

OS Northings: 662131

OS Grid: NS571621

Mapcode National: GBR 0FY.3D

Mapcode Global: WH3P8.6PBL

Entry Name: 18 Moss-Side Road, Frankfort Street, Bertram Street, Former Waverley Cinema

Listing Date: 17 June 1992

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 378104

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33941

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Pollokshields

Traditional County: Renfrewshire

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Description

Watson, Salmond and Gray, 1922, as Waverley Cinema. Large block, with 3 street elevations; red ashlar, some late 17th century detailing; original glazing. Lead-domed recessed and curved SE corner bay, big entrance, painted and with pair giant Egyptianised columns; centre doored 6-bay range to Moss-Side Road, part concealed by trees; 1-3-1 front to Frankfort Street, sculptured roundels over inner windows; attic storey above main cornice. Main roof slated and tarred, big roof ventilator; plain elevation to Bertram Street.

Statement of Interest

Up-graded B to A 25 November, 1993.

An unusual design with a striking domed entrance corner, the former Waverley Cinema is an important part of the streetscape. It is an early purpose-built cinema, an increasingly rare building type in a city closely associated with the genre. Watson, Salmond and Gray were more associated with commercial and hospital work and this may have been their only cinema design. With a seating capacity of 1,320, the Waverley Cinema opened in December 1922. It was renamed the ABC in 1964 and closed as a cinema in 1973. After use as a bingo hall, and then a snooker club from 1982, it was empty by 2002. It was later sold and converted to a bar/restaurant/club. Information from the Cinema Theatre Association suggests that interior features remain, particularly plasterwork and ironmongery to the foyer and barrel-vaulted auditorium.

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

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