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4 June 2024

Former Mecca Cinema has been listed at category C

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has listed the former Mecca Cinema in Glasgow at category C

An initial designation assessment last year found that the building met the criteria of special historic or architectural interest. However, in line with Designations policy, the building was not listed as the site was subject to development proposals which were at an advanced stage.

In January 2024, the Glasgow City Council issued a Building Preservation Notice and requested that HES consider the building for listing.

The former ‘super cinema’ in Possilpark first opened in 1933 with 1600 seats. In 1950, with new owners, the cinema was renamed to the Vogue cinema. It continued operating as a cinema for 18 years. In April 1968, the building was converted to a bingo hall.

The building’s design is notable as a surviving example of modern-classical cinema design, which remains largely unaltered to its principal elevation. The building is also of special interest due to its architect, James McKissack, who was one of Scotland’s leading cinema designers. The cinema is an architectural landmark in the streetscape and its wider setting in Possilpark.

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