908 Govan Road,
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Styles: Art Deco
Built on the site of the Lyceum Theatre of 1899, which had been in cinema use until it was destroyed by fire in October 1937. Known as ‘Govan’s Super Cinema’, the Lyceum Cinema opened on 19th December 1938 with Gracie Fields & Victor McLagen in “We’re Going To Be Rich”. It was designed by Charles J. McNair (who also designed the Regal Cinema and Ascot Cinema in Glasgow) and noted cinema architect Henry F. Elder.
In November 1974, the former circle was converted into a 480-seat cinema, while the stalls area became a County Bingo Club. The cinema section was closed on 12th January 1981, but bingo continued downstairs.
Thanks to Gala Bingo, the new owners of the Lyceum Cinema, I recently got the chance to visit the cinema section which had been closed since 1981 and to photograph it for inclusion on my website.
Mothballed for a quarter of a century, this lovely cinema still has original seating, Art Deco style fittings, projection room equipment and a hand-painted Disney characters frieze in the foyer.
Sadly the Gala Bingo Club closed in October 2006 and the building is now empty. On 15th May 1987, Historic Scotland designated the Lyceum Cinema as a Grade B Listed building. It is listed on the Buildings At Risk Register.
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