Gaumont (The Picture House)

Gaumont detail

140 Sauchiehall Street 
1910-1972

The Picture House was one of Glasgow's earliest and grandest cinemas, featuring a palm court foyer complete with fountain, cages of singing birds, and an interior designed by famous Glasgow decorators Guthrie & Wells. Its tea room provided a respectable place to meet and talk, and it was described as 'having been taken from the palace of some Roman noble, with lofty marble pillars, spacious staircases, a regal carved fireplace of white marble... charming features as a setting for the warm kaleidoscope of life and movement in the place.' Later the Gaumont, it was then the home of long-running roadshow pictures such as The Sound of Music.

Image credit: ScottishCinemas.org