ABC Shawlands

18 Moss Side Road,
Glasgow, G41 3TN

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.

Firms: Watson, Salmond & Gray

Functions: Bar, Nightclub, Restaurant

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Waverley Picture House

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Waverley Cinema

Located on the south side of Glasgow in the district of Shawlands Cross, the Waverley Picture House opened on 25th December 1922 by Shawlands Picture House Ltd. The building has a red sandstone exterior, with a corner entrance that is topped by a dome. Inside the auditorium, there is a barrel roof ceiling and columns along the walls. There was a tea-room which was very popular in the early years. It 1928 a Christie 2Manual theatre organ was fitted.

It was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) from September 1929. The Christie theatre organ was removed from the building in 1953. The Waverley Picture House was re-named ABC in 1964. The ABC was closed on 31st March 1973. It was converted into a bingo club and then from 1982 it became a snooker club which continued until the late-1990’s. The building then stood derelict until 2002 when it was sold to the GI Group for conversion into a mixed use bar/nightclub/restaurant which opened as ‘Tusk’.

On 17th June 1992, Historic Scotland designated the ABC a Grade B Listed building. On 25th November 1993, the exterior of the building was upgraded to a Grade A Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

robertgray on September 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm

i was the last trainee projectionist in the waverley and had many happy days there any further news of possibly reopening as a cinema i may be the last surviving full time worker there

James98manning on December 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Seen my first adult movie there ,I was about 14,me and my pal Gerry magarvey spoke with deep voices to overcome the age barrier,used to attend the school opposite it,

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