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> Abc Grosvenor, Byers Road Again
derick2
post 29th Jun 2005, 03:27am
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I and my brother used to go to ABC Grosvenor on Sat mornings. We liked the cowboys, Gene Autry, Lone Ranger. Roy Rogers, Lash Larue. Now there's a name. The best part was the ice cream and lollies. I saw an other post recalling Roy Rogers coming to Glasgow, which I remember but I also recall the Lone Ranger in Byres Rd. The old Grosvenor was really grotty and had permanent smell of stale smoke. Not surprising really since some times you could hardly see the screen through the fug of tobacco smoke. I also remember the Hiihead Cinema at the top of Byres Rd which was cheaper and a bit tattier but where they often had really good films not showing any where else. The best cinema for offbeat or foreign films was the Cosmo off Sauchie Hall St. Now adays I dowload from the internet. Who would have thought of that back in the fifties.
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post 5th Feb 2006, 11:00pm
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The Grosvenor was a great place for putting your feet up...you had to! I remember as a child sitting in the seats by my mother's side and being told to lift my feet from the ground.

It was only after we left the cinema that I found out why my mother encouraged me to put my feet on the chair in front of me. (This was something she never allowed) It was due to the high volume of unpaid spectators all scurring around on the floor looking for left overs. The wee brown ones with long tails and four feet and no, they weren't mice!

Some years later, I went back with my friends to see Grease and we sat in the then 'boxes' the place was almost derelict and again we were joined by the wee furry friends, who were quite tame and didn't bother us one little bit.

My pal always claimed she married one - but that's another story!


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post 6th Feb 2006, 06:21am
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Almost every Saturday my mum used to take us down to St Enoch's square and we would get the underground to Hillhead were my older brother and I would go to the Grosvenor, we use to meet up with our cousin's outside.

My mother would go onto my Granny's and we would go to the pictures, afterwards we would go to the chippy and get threepence worth of chips and a pickled onion.

I love the Grosvenor.
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post 6th Feb 2006, 11:24pm
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TheGrosvenor although unrecognisable is still going.

The Grosvenor

The Salon is now a restaurant.


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rosie-k
post 7th Feb 2006, 06:53pm
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My husband served his time as a motor mechanic in Ashton Lane and the garage he worked in is now called Jinty McGinty's I know it is a pub, this was in the 50's and when he finished his national service he went back to the garage, It was then called Ashton Garage, the stairs up from the lane were houses, we are going to Glasgow in a fortnight's time and using the St.Enoch's subway to take us to Hillhead as he wants to have a pint in the pub he served his time in, we used to go to the Grosvenor picture house quite a lot. It's great what you can learn from this site, a wee education in itself, my daughter and myself will be hitting the shops-------cant wait, we are taking the train so we don't have any parking problems, and also hubby can have a pint.
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post 8th Feb 2006, 03:50pm
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The Grosvenor is pretty nice now and the Lane is brilliant.Jinty's.....

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post 8th Feb 2006, 03:52pm
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The Grosvenor and the Loft.Ashton Lane

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post 8th Feb 2006, 06:19pm
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Thank You Ross, I cannot believe the changes, we are going there for a meal, I used to meet my husband there when he was working late, we have been married 51 years and we were very young then, in fact his boss Bert Wigmore was standing outside the subway---remember they were Motor Mechanics and he was having a fly puff of his fag, he had a bunnet in his hand and someone came up and put money in it, he was advised to go and get a hot cup of Coffee, he took it the way it was meant and said thank you!! My goodness they were great days, I cannot wait to see Ashton Lane again. It could only happen in Glasgow the best and kindest people in the world. Thanks again, by the way I have enjoyed all your past photographs. thankyou. The man I am speaking about(bert) is now in Australia.
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post 8th Feb 2006, 07:32pm
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In my courting days the Grosvenor was considered one of the posher picture houses.We had the Tivoli on Crow RD, the Rosevale on Dumbarton Rd , The Partick on Vine st ,the Western on Dumbarton Rd(Flea pit ) The Standard on Dumbarton Rd(a worse flea pit) We went to see the Ten Commandments at the Grosvenor and after standing in line for what seemed like hours we were finally escorted to two upright hard chairs they had put along the back wall .Talk about packing us in .I think if the Fire Dept had known what was going on they would have closed it down .


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post 24th Feb 2006, 07:19pm
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We spent a great day in Glasgow on 22nd a couple of days ago, ended up going to Jinty McGinty's had a few glasses of wine and a nice meal, took plenty of photographs, loved the subway, the first time my daughter had been on the subway, I could not believe all the changes,took a wee look into St. Patrick's Church in North St. was very surprised to see it opened, seems it is open all the time. We must have walked for miles, the house I stayed in was still there, I just wish I could have gone into the Mitchell Library but had no time, will be going back again when my sister in law returns home to Glasgow, she is very homesick in Australia and is coming home in September this year. The shops are absolutely brilliant--loved them--
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