New Bedford Cinema

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New Bedford Cinema
O2 Academy Glasgow
Carling Academy and Coliseum - - 729018.jpg
The New Bedford Cinema pictured as the Carling Academy in 2003
Former names Carling Academy
General information
Status Complete
Type Cinema/Concert Hall
Architectural style Art Deco
Location Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland
Coordinates 55°51′02″N 4°15′34″W / 55.85056°N 4.25944°W / 55.85056; -4.25944Coordinates: 55°51′02″N 4°15′34″W / 55.85056°N 4.25944°W / 55.85056; -4.25944
Opened 1932 (1932)
Owner Academy Music Group
Design and construction
Architect Lennox and McMath
Other information
Seating capacity 2,500

The New Bedford Cinema was a Scottish cinema on Eglinton Street in the Gorbals (Laurieston) area of Glasgow. The building now houses the O2 Academy Glasgow.

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.

The New Bedford was designed by Lennox and McMath[1] and was built by Mr A.B. King. The newly built cinema was opened on December 26 (Boxing Day) 1932.

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.

The building is a Category B listed building.[1]


  1. ^ a b "DSA Building/Design Report: New Bedford Picture House". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 

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