Lost Glasgow: Odeon, Renfield Street

THE final curtain on Glasgow’s oldest auditorium came down in 2006 after an illustrious history which once saw it pull in over one million people through its doors every year.

Competition from out-of-town cinemas and the nearby UGC complex was blamed for its drop in popularity - in the year that it closed visitor numbers

were down to 500,000 - and it has lain empty ever since.

Redevelopment plans have been proposed for the cinema, built in 1964, that would see the art deco facade of the building retained while its ‘brick-block’ back-end would be demolished and replaced with a glass retail and leisure structure.

Concerns over retaining Glasgow’s built heritage however have stalled the proposals.

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