Orient

Orient jan1975 cd detail

571 Gallowgate
1932-1965

The aptly named Orient had an small corner entrance, leading to an enormous fairy-tale interior, where over 2,500 people could watch a film surrounded by fake plaster buildings, turrets, and flags. This 'atmospheric' design was a short-lived cinema style, designed the create the impression that you were sitting outdoors in a Mediterranean courtyard watching the movie. The architect was AV Gardener, who had also designed the Grosvenor in Glasgow's west end, as well as another atmospheric – the Campbeltown Picture House, which is still going strong today. After a number of years as a bingo hall, this unique cinema was sadly demolished, and new housing now stands on the site.

Image credit: Chris Doak