New Bedford Cinema
|New Bedford Cinema|
|O2 Academy Glasgow|
The New Bedford Cinema pictured as the Carling Academy in 2003
|Former names||Carling Academy|
|Architectural style||Art Deco|
|Location||Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland|
|Owner||Academy Music Group|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Lennox and McMath|
It is a notable example of Art Deco architecture in the city.
The building was originally erected as the Eglinton Street United Secession Church in 1825. The church closed in 1920 and the building was converted into a cinema in 1921. The original Bedford Cinema was destroyed by a fire in March 1932. The cinema's owner, Bernard Frutin, immediately commissioned a replacement.
Bernard Frutin sold the cinema to George Green in 1936.
The New Bedford Cinema screened its final film, a double bill of Dirty Harry and Klute, on July 8, 1973 and reopened on October 12, 1973 as a Mecca bingo hall.
The building was bought by the McKenzie Group in November 2002 and underwent a massive £3 million restoration to be turned into the Carling Academy, Glasgow which opened on March 26, 2003 with a concert by Deacon Blue.
- "DSA Building/Design Report: New Bedford Picture House". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
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