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Faskine Tale  Elizabeth Tennant

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Stewart & LLoyds
Clyde Tube Works

RB Tennent Coatbridge
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My RB Tennent Years - Grant Cullen

William Bain & Co

Memories of the Lochrin
Calder Hot Roll John Marr
Thomas Hudson & Co
Gartsherrie Iron
Summerlee Ironworks

Bairds of Old Monkland

Bairds of Gartsherrie

William Baird & Co

“Auld” Old Monkland
(Bob Cameron  c1986)

Old Monkland Memories
from Canada - John Marrs

Memories Langloan c1987
Margie (Logue) Weisak
Langloan Lum

Janet Hamilton -
The Candy Man - Art McGivern
Baxters Buses
Birds of Prey
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Gartloch Hosp
Bert Gilroy
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 Cinema History

Coatbridge & Villages Cinemas

See Airdrie Cinemas


The Cinema in Bank St (c1920)
opened 1913 closed and demolished mid 1960s.


 The Theatre Royal in Main St. C1905
opened as a live theatre in1875 was the venue for professional variety acts.  Sold to RC Buchanan and used for
Cine-variety from 1919. Changed to a full time cinema 1938,  In 1956, it was taken over by the Greens Circuit, but was closed on 9th August 1958. The building lay derelict until 1966, when it was demolished for a road widening scheme.

Below is a poster of the Theatre Royal - courtesy of John White collection


Charlie Chaplin and Fred Karnos Mumming Brothers appeared at the Coatbridge Theatre Royal  in 1907.

 Another view of The Theatre Royal in Main St. C1920

Notice the barbers shop on the left? I still hear the story of numerous boys getting money for a haircut and using it to go the Theatre Royal instead!
3d (1p) for the wooden-benched Hens Roost balcony

Yet another view of The Theatre Royal in Main St.

The Garden cinema in Whifflet where generally there was more action in the stalls than on the screen. Opened as Garden with a small circle. Had nearly 1000 seats. Closed 1960s.  see Programs

Regal/ABC Cinema

The Regal in Ellis Street - off the Fountain way opened 1936 seating 1958 patrons, closed 1983 now a snooker hall 

The Empire/Odeon - c1955

The Empire - was between the unemployment office (the Dole) (
the Buroo),   East End Timber, and the Telephone Exchange -
Opened 1912 as a live theatre - Sold to Singletons in 1920.

old to Odeon in 1936 and renamed the Odeon, closed Sept. 1976 and demolished.

Odeon C1949
courtesy of mawgrim

The BBs (BB Picture House) (no photo available) in Water St - opened by  JJ Bennell. He was considered to have been one of the great initiators of the Saturday Matinee which attracted audiences of 2-3000 to his afternoon shows at Wellington Palace. The children's performances began with singing the BB Pictures song:
"BB Pictures, they're alright
Come and see them every night
We will sing with all our might
BB Pictures they're alright".
Sold to Gaumont in c1928. C
losed circa 1956 -demolished  
The space was replaced by Galbraith's Supermarket
The entrance for BBs would have been on Water St - to left of the Supermarket.

Some 1954/1954 programs for The Cinema, The Garden (Whifflet Cinema),  New Cinema Airdrie -

Glenboig Cinema

The cinema was closed in 1958 and lay empty until 1960 when it became the premises of A Gray and Son - Commercial Vehicle contractors

The photos only show as the premises of A Gray and Son

Cinema programs supplied by Sam McCabe
Article and information supplied by Tom Frew




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