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> Cinemas In Glasgow, ...do you remember these?
jock
post 8th Dec 2003, 01:35am
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We may be talkin about the same flea pit. But the one I remember was on Maryhill road un the left side just before you got to Georges Cross. We knew it as the 'wee leccy' because it was named the Electric then. It only had wooden benches at least in the front and on Sat. afternoons the "ushers" just kept pushin more and more kids onto each bench. Probably squeezed the fleas to death!!
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post 9th Dec 2003, 10:11pm
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The name of the Cinema in the Cowcaddens was called The Grand. The Endrick was further up the Garscube Rd in Sawfield Place. Before being called the Endrick it was known as the Phoenix. Then there was the one in New City Road called the Cambridge. At the top of the Garscube Road right beside Oakbank Hospital there was the Astoria.( not to be confused with the Astoria Ballroom).
I lived in the Cowcaddens for the first 14yrs of my life and the one we called the flea pit was the Electric (Leckie) we were not allowed to go there because it had such a bad name.

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post 10th Dec 2003, 07:04am
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Thanks Heather. I remember the names Cambridge and Grand now. I spent my last day in Scotland in one of them. Not sure which one but coming from Georges Cross it was on the right hand side.
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post 10th Dec 2003, 04:30pm
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Jock. The Cambridge was in New City Road on the left hand side coming from St George's Cross. The Grand was in Cowcaddens St. practically facing into New City Road, there was a cafe beside it, I think it was called Rossi's. it was owned by Italians. I cannot remember any cinema on the left hand side when I lived there during the 40/50s.


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post 10th Dec 2003, 10:39pm
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The old and much loved Salon on Vinicombe St.off the Byres Rd-now Gongs Bar/Diner.

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post 10th Dec 2003, 10:49pm
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Thanks Heather. The Grand on Cowcaddens street was the one I was trying to remember. Left my then-girlfriend there so I could catch a train to start my journey to America!
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post 11th Dec 2003, 04:26am
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We went tae the pictures a lot in those pre-TV days. Mind the program changed three times a week plus the special Saturday afternoon matinee?....Flash Gordon was the biggie. Mind going thru a' the coat poackets and rounding up the jeely jaurs for the price o' admission when ma Maw was skint..whit bliss when you managed to come up wi' a tanner's worth. I remember the La Scala and the Regal...only went there for very special films..remember lining up at the Regal when they reissued "Gone with the Wind". Others we sometimes went to: The Tivoli, Rosevale an' the one on New City Road on the left going up from Charing Cross near Hill Street...but the place where Ah spent many a happy couple of hours was the Kelvin in Argyle Street just past Kent Road. It's now a fancy-dancy Indian restaurant. Ma pal and I had lunch there a couple of years ago and found they still had all the old movie paraphernalia...the guy that owned the place thought we were a couple of nutbars when we asked if we could go up to the balcony to have a look. Oh aye....and the Gaiety in Anderston which was "low-end" though no' quite a flea pit...well mebbe...but the fleas were friendly! tongue.gif


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post 11th Dec 2003, 07:51am
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The Kelvin in Argyle Street is now The Creme de la Creme Chookie.had a meal up on the balcony as well.Like the Salon in Vinicombe Street it still just feels like a movie hall with the seats ripped out.I don't suppose there is much else they can use them for nowadays.
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post 11th Dec 2003, 06:43pm
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:wub: cinemas.there was the (bijou)in the coocaddens-----the grand on the garscube rd across from the normal school and i know of the weee electric very near st.georges cross.also close by the empress theatre archie. B)
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post 15th Dec 2003, 02:57am
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The Grand Central in Jamaica St,was the one that ran all the continental films.Remember seeing Anna Magnani? in Bitter Rice.
It then turned into a Cafeteria style reataurant.The one that started the Stakis empire, if memory serves me right.


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post 15th Dec 2003, 04:29am
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One of the cinemas,I think on sauchiehall st.,had an area where you could sit at a table and order tea etc. while watching the movie. Maybe the food business proved to be more profitable than the movies after T.V. came along.
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post 15th Dec 2003, 07:55am
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There was a very good post on this subject on the old GGBB; High Tea at La Scala.

The post generated a lot of interest and the thread ran for some time. The original poster was Michael Kelly and I don't believe he has re-registered since we lost the old Board. At the time there was interest in hearing from anyone who had actually taken high tea in the cinema but I don't think we heard from anyone who had.

We had a Lord Provost in Glasgow, Dr Michael Kelly, and I wondered if it were the same person.

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post 15th Dec 2003, 09:44am
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Whit aboot The Gem In great western road in between cromwell street and burnbank gardens. You could roll the coke bottle from the back and it took ages to get to the front.
It had a muckle big patch in the screen probably thrown by the last person to get the coke bottle , remember that place mags.
Iain was the Salon in Viinicombe street next to aronald Clarks in Hillhead?
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post 15th Dec 2003, 09:55am
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Yes David directly across the road and backs on to the lane at Hillhead Library on Byres RD.
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post 15th Dec 2003, 10:26am
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The Gem also had 'divans' in the balcony if you liked winchin while watchin!
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