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Toledo Theatre

Toledo Theatre

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

First Opened: 2nd October 1933 (88 years ago)

Closed: 20th October 2001

Atmospheric Style: Spanish Courtyard

Architect: William Beresford Inglis

Status: Demolished

Address: 380 Clarkston Road, Muirend, Glasgow, G44 3JL Link opens in new window

Historic Environment Scotland Category B Listed Building: #LB33920 Link opens in new window (added 9th January 1991)


Overview

The Toledo Theatre opened in October 1933 and was designed by architect William Beresford Inglis Link opens in new window, with seating for 1,598.

The Toledo’s interior was designed to give a feel that the patron was sitting outside in a Spanish courtyard, surrounded on either side by small false buildings and painted landscapes, with a ceiling above painted blue to feel like sky. The exterior of the building was designed in a Spanish/American style.

A year after opening the theatre was taken over by Associated British Cinemas (ABC) who operated for the remainder of its life, apart from the last couple of years when the Cannon Group took over. The theatre was triplex’d in 1982 with Screen 1 seating 482 in the balcony area, Screen 2 seating 208 in the front Stalls (main floor) area, and Screen 3 seating 90 in the rear Stalls (main floor) area. Ultimately the Toledo closed in October 2001.

In early January 1991 Historic Scotland Link opens in new window designated the Toledo Cinema as a Grade B listed building, however the majority of the building was later demolished and only the façade remains today, as the front of a block of flats/apartments built by Cala Homes.

Information in part sourced from Cinema Treasures Link opens in new window.

Further Reading

Online

Historic Photos & Documents
Exterior, date unknown, courtesy Cinema Treasures user <i>Mike_Blakemore</i> (JPG)
Exterior, date unknown, courtesy Cinema Treasures user Mike_Blakemore (JPG)
Interior, date unknown, courtesy <i>Scottish Cinemas</i> (JPG)
Interior, date unknown, courtesy Scottish Cinemas (JPG)
Interior, date unknown, courtesy <i>Scottish Cinemas</i> (JPG)
Interior, date unknown, courtesy Scottish Cinemas (JPG)
Interior in late 1990s / early 2000s, courtesy <i>Scottish Cinemas</i> (JPG)
Interior in late 1990s / early 2000s, courtesy Scottish Cinemas (JPG)
Interior in late 1990s / early 2000s, courtesy <i>Scottish Cinemas</i> (JPG)
Interior in late 1990s / early 2000s, courtesy Scottish Cinemas (JPG)
Interior in late 1990s / early 2000s, courtesy <i>Scottish Cinemas</i> (JPG)
Interior in late 1990s / early 2000s, courtesy Scottish Cinemas (JPG)
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