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St Enoch Picture House in Argyle Street

I have to confess I didn’t spot this one in passing, but while looking at some old pics of Argyle Street, where the caption made specific reference to the ‘Twin towers of St Enoch Cinema’. Since I couldn’t remember if these were still in place, or had been lost to the various development around the St Enoch Centre, I had to file it away for a look the next time I was passing.

It is still there, as seen below – pity about the street light someone saw fit to stick on it.

St Enoch Picture House

St Enoch Picture Theatre

This seems to have survived well, having first opened in 1881 as Crouch’s Theatre of Varieties, with films being shown from 1897.

But what we see today is actually the façade from a 1916 rebuild, when it became the St Enoch Picture Theatre, seating around 600.

This lasted until 1935.

There’s a record at Scottish Cinemas, always a handy reference.

It’s interesting to compare their recent pic of the façade with mine. While it’s an earlier view, much is the same, and apart from the shop on the left having changed, there’s a more major details evident on the extreme left, where the glass finish evident there has been replaced with stone, or stone cladding.


Feb 9, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

What stood on this stepped foundation in Carntyne’s Hogarth Park?

Inspired by the arrival of an answer to an earlier query about Hogarth Park in Carntyne, I thought I would try another.

While I have managed to confirm that the steps pictured below were indeed the foundations of some building, I’ve come up empty as far as searching online goes as regards its identification, or even what it was.

Hogarth Park foundation steps

Hogarth Park foundation steps

There was at least one big house near here, but if I take the site records as being accurate, then it was not on this spot, but located further west, and lost when the newer housing development was built over that area. I’m reasonably sure this foundation did not belong to that house, as it is shown separately on the relevant location map (again, this assumes accuracy in the record).

As can be seen from the second pic, the foundation area on top of these steps has been fenced and gated, locking out casual passers from the area which has been used as a garden, play area, or nursery at some time, but this has become abandoned and derelict.

Abandoned and derelict garden or play area

Abandoned and derelict garden or play area

So, anybody happen to know what was on these foundations before whatever it was was razed?

Feb 9, 2017 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment


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