COATBRIDGE CINEMA HISTORY
Bank St (c1920)
opened 1913 closed and demolished mid 1960s.
The Theatre Royal
in Main St.
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
3d (1p) for the wooden-benched Hens Roost balcony
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
Supplied by Tom Frew