Green's Playhouse

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126 Renfield Street
1927-1973

The largest cinema ever built in Europe, created here in Glasgow as a silent cinema built for a small family firm. That's ambition! This true entertainment complex had a cinema holding over 4,300, a two-storey ballroom that claimed to hold up to 6,000 dancers, restaurant, tea rooms, and even a putting green on the roof! Famously converted to the Apollo music venue in 1973, it 'went on fire' in 1987 and was sadly demolished. The Cineworld is on the site. Owner George Green said in 1931 'It is my belief that cinema is definitely establishing itself as the centre of social life in every town.'

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