Orient Cinema

571 Gallowgate,
Glasgow, G31 1

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Opened 2 May 1932 and the architect was Albert Gardner. Closed as a cinema in 1965 and operated as a bingo hall until 1995. It was damaged by a fire in the late 1990’s and demolished in 2004.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

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garypainter
garypainter on October 14, 2006 at 12:05 pm

Various photos of the cinema, including colour shots of the atmospheric interior whilst on bingo, are here:

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The exterior shots in 1975 and 2004 make for a grim and depressing comparison….

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 1, 2007 at 4:17 pm

The Orient Kinema was located on the corner of Gallowgate and Sword Street in the Dalmarnock district of Glasgow. It was the last cinema to be designed by architect Albert V. Gardner.

The theme of the atmospheric auditorium was a fantasy of gates and turrets in a Spanish and Norman style. The curved arch of the proscenium was made of plaster resembling rough-hewn stonework which was painted in gold. Beneath this hung the stage curtain which had a scene of a landscape with a castle upon it.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 1, 2007 at 5:41 pm

Correction to my previous posting…the Orient Kinema was located in the Bridgeton district of Glasgow.

LaraineBurrell
LaraineBurrell on May 11, 2007 at 9:22 am

I found an old ticket/program slip from the Orient Glasgow dated 1935 among my Dad’s possessions – he was raised in Glasgow – and I was interested in reading the posts regarding this cinema.

LaraineBurrell
LaraineBurrell on May 11, 2007 at 9:22 am

I found an old ticket/program slip from the Orient Glasgow dated 1935 among my Dad’s possessions – he was raised in Glasgow – and I was interested in reading the posts regarding this cinema.

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