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> Dance Halls In Glasgow, ...do you remember these?
Springburnlass
post 18th Nov 2004, 11:00am
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Hi everyone,
Can anyone tell me when the Barraland Ballroom dancehall first opened?
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lars
post 18th Nov 2004, 12:07pm
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The ballroom was opened in the heart of the Barras market by Margaret McIver in 1934. Resident band Billy MacGregor and the Gaybirds entertained large crowds of dancers with music, jokes and stunts. During the Second World War it was especially popular with American servicemen, who introduced the Jive and the Jitterbug to the city's dancers.

The dance hall suffered a disastrous fire in 1958 but was rebuilt and re-opened on Christmas Eve 1960, with the distinctive neon sign above the door which remains its trademark.
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post 18th Nov 2004, 12:20pm
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Hi Lars,
That`s brillient, thanks very much for a quick reply. I see you`ve wrote as a quote, where have you quoted from?
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post 18th Nov 2004, 01:56pm
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QUOTE (Fearn @ 10th Jan 2004, 05:04 AM)
Isobel - Majestic on Hope Street????? Where? Knew the Plaza, the Palais Locarno, Albert Hall.............

THE MAJESTIC WAS ON HOPE STREET, RIGHT ACROSS FROM STV. STUDIOS AND NEXT TO A FURNITURE SHOP AT THE TOP OF HOPE ST. BEFORE THAT IT WAS A PICTURE HOOSE, CAN'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF THAT THOUGH.
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post 18th Nov 2004, 04:54pm
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biggrin.gif If I remember right, the picture house that was at the top of Hope Street was the New Savoy.
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post 18th Nov 2004, 10:21pm
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I'm wondering if the Majestic could be the dancehall I knew as Green's Playhouse? Trouble is, I can't remember if Green's was on Hope Street or Renfield St. Green's had a movie theatre on the main floor and a dancehall on the top floor - a really big hall. My favourite place was the Locarno but Green's was a close second.
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post 19th Nov 2004, 03:46am
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Lars thanks for your post, thought I'd mention while walking on the beach In Santa Monica CA; I met the Frances who sang with Billy Mcgregors Gaybird band at Barrowland, she looked great fit & well, In her 70's she told me she tap dances to keep fit!!
we exchanged Phone #'s & said we'll meet up at the "Rose Cafe" some friday, I must call her & see if she has any great stories to tell. cheers Jessie


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post 19th Nov 2004, 06:28am
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Good Morning

The Barrowland Ballroom quote is from:

www.theglasgowstory.com
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post 19th Nov 2004, 07:46am
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Majestic Ballroom - Renfield street?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/scot...g/thread3.shtml

Majestic Ballroom Hope Street?

http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/Glasgow/Savoy.htm

Majestic ballroom previously The New Savoy Cinema?
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post 29th Nov 2004, 12:02pm
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I need help. My brother-in-law and I cannot remember what name was given to the disco which was opened below the Bath Hotel. Can anyone remember it? It was opened at the beginning of 1966. I thought it was maybe renamed Joanna's, but my brother-in-law assures me that Joanna's was another place altogether.
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post 29th Nov 2004, 08:27pm
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Joanna's was underneath the Albert ballroom further west up Bath Street near the King's theatre. I don't know what the Bath Street Hotel disco was called.
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post 30th Nov 2004, 10:55am
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Thanks FrankM. You're dead right. I was getting my hotels mixed up. It was the Albert I Meant. duh!
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FrankM
post 30th Nov 2004, 08:25pm
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I contacted the DJ from the late sixties David Meikle and he confirms the Disco in the basement of The Bath Hotel was La Taverna . The public bar was The Hunting Lodge.

I used to have the occasional drink in there on a Sunday when the pubs were shut.
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post 1st Dec 2004, 12:49am
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Thanks Frank, I really appreciate the time you've taken. My brother-in-law will appreciate it more, I now owe him $20 ):
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post 1st Dec 2004, 07:42am
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oops.

Men only ask questions they know the answer to unless of course a woman catches them off guard;)
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