Botanic Gardens Cinema

Byres Road

A cinema planned for the corner of Observatory Road and Byres Road was never built because of opposition from local people who considered there were quite enough cinemas nearby already! Despite being desribed in Country Life as hoping to be 'the last word in comfort', and plans for it being passed by the council in 1923, residents took the fight to the Court of Session, and the legal wrangling went on for so long the cinema company went bust. Observatory Mansions stands on the site it would have occupied.