Built on the site of the Old Hide Market
and Slaughter House that occupied the North side of Wales Street between Little
Wales Street and Park Street in the late 19th Century
Opened 7th February
by J P Kilgour. Arch. G Sutherland & Clement George. s. 900. Sold to
1939, then to Donald's, 23rd May
1941. Closed. 3rd November
to James Rennie & Arthur Forbes for Bingo Hall 26th September
Closed August 1962. Sold to council. Used as a store. Demolished for flats,
- Opened in
seating 900 and very popular with the the local residents this stood directly
Hanover Street School
and was reached across derelict area of land cleared of old Tenements.
In a child's eye the Spanish Facade appeared like a yawning face from the
playground and the intervening waste ground was a mass of 'Kypies' - cups or
hollows for playing 'bools' with glass marbles. Tattie Mashers, and
Mexicans were names given to certain glass marble formats.
Popular films would lead to queues forming pavement deep each
side of the Cinema for the Cheap or Dear Seats. Children under 5 were
not admitted but my brother got me in to see
aged 4 and I howled the place down from my front seat - till forcibly ejected by the
Manger, brother and all - I got a bashing from Sandy but it did not deter my
relief from being separated from the all too frightening images and falling
The Floor Manager was a former WW1 veteran and having been shell
shocked he used twitch violently at every gunshot on screen of which there were
many in the old Westerns. We also had the ignominy of large aromatic sprays
being walked up and down the aisles during the films. Now were they to
kill the stench of cigarettes which were smoked continually (the projector had
to cut its path through the reek), or to kill the fleas - either way it was
perfume to us.
At the end of each performance they played the national anthem and all stood up
in unison but walked out. Newsreels and
items were interspersed with
Victor Sylvester's Musical Signature
while reels were changed by the projectionist.
Hard seats at the front, single upholstered in the middle and double seats for
lovers at the back - we would crawl on the floor from the cheap seats to the
'dear' during the boring parts despite the disturbing debris and detritus on the
floor. If the film broke there would be howl of disappointment and then
loud protest with whistles from the audience. In those days you could not
leave the cinema until the National Anthem was completed to a fully standing
largely due to the arrival of TV and the depopulation of the surrounding areas
to new housing schemes in the suburbs.
Street Slaughter House,
used to be opposite the Cinema Site
Wales Street a cul-de sac crowned by the
Casino Cinema was yet another haven for the contemptible near homeless who used
to buy sweeties by way of
2d of smush from the
Sweetie shops in the
Dod Masson lived there and played in the street before moving
Powis Circle tae kick a ba’
on a green wi'
There he lived next door to my
(Nee Sinclair) – and all we had was shank’s pony to get to the back o’ beyond.
But then again proud and magnificent
Mounthooly was nae far behind just a little
higher in altitude.