COATBRIDGE CINEMA HISTORY

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, changed to a full time cinema 1938,
closed 09/08/1958 and demolished 1966.

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


 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

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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.

The Regal cinema off the Fountain way opened 1936 seating 1958 patrons, closed 1983 now a snooker hall 


The Odeon - c1955
The Empire - between the unemployment office (the Dole) (
the Buroo) ,   East End Timber, and the Telephone Exchange - opened 1912 as a live theatre sold 1936 and renamed the Odeon , closed Sept. 1976 and demolished.
Odeon C1949
courtesy of mawgrim

The BBs (

BB Picture House) in Water St closed 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.


Supplied by Tom Frew

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