Halls...."kin a go tae the pictures
| Premier Picture Hall, in Kirkpatrick Street was known locally as the
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photographs of Kirkpatrick
The entrance to the ' Wee Geggie' was between the two rainwater pipes, below the
The Premier Picture Hall was converted from an engine works in 1910
and seated 700 people.
It closed its doors in 1957 was a warehouse but is now closed and up for
The Auditorium was flat floored.
|Aug.2002 Extract from e-mail,
GlescaPal Ronnie McPhee,
Joe the doorman letting you in The Geggie via the back door for tuppence
when the main entrance price was sixpence, and as there was no drinkig
water (cos they wanted you to buy cold drinks) when it was sweltering (as
it often was) you took a handfull of water from the flushed toilet !"
|Oct.2002 Extract from e-mail, May Ballantyne
(nee Cuthbertson), Ontario, Canada
This website keeps getting better !.....
anyone remember the wee Geggie in Kirkpatrick St. Where we saw Roy
Rogers and Gene Autry and the foally up wi'Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon,
All for threepence on a Saturday morning ?"
|Oct.2002, Extract from e-mail, Junior Morrow,
Glasgow, Scotland, Oct.2002
"Why was the Premier picture house
called the wee geggie? Was there a big geggie?
I remember my first horror movie at the geggie it was the"BEAST WITH
THE FIVE FINGERS" I had to run down the middle of Kirkpatrick St.across
the London Rd.down Marquis St.away from dark closes I was that scared! Ii
had to shout up to my ma to come to the stairhead and make sure I got
safely in the house before that hand grabbed me by the throat!!!!WOW!!
|Oct.2002 Extract from e-mail,
GlescaPal Ronnie McPhee,
response to "Junior" Morrow's inquiry about The Geggie.
The fact is that there was throughout Glasgow in the 1920/30s "Penny
Geggies" which were travelling cinema shows, this being at the very
early stage of cinematography.
Why the Premier in Kirkpatrick street continued to be called the "Geggie"
is anyone's guess, however the fact that many of these cinemas were "flearidden"
might have some significance. Some will recall the expression "going
in wae a fur coat, coming oot wae a bag"?
Does anyone remember when there was a technical hitch in the film that all
of the audience would stamp their feet, and in unison and cry out
"why are we waiting", the effect of this was the "chuckeroot"
flashing his torch upon you and stating in no uncertain terms "anymer
o that and yer oot". Does anyone else
remember watching "The Incredible Shrinking Man" at the Geggie
and realising that this was a masterpiece of sci fi entertainment?.
And all at the Wee Geggie in Kirkpatrick Street."
|Dec.2002 Extract from e-mail (name withheld)
drinking frae the toilet pan in the Geggie, as they had sealed aff the
drinking tap and turned the heating up full blast, so that ye wid buy thur
'Keeora' orange drinks, and as I had nae money havin skipped in in the
furst place, I had tae resort tae the lavvy pan!.
|Jan.2005, email, Liz O'Neil
Born in 1938 I remember when the Geggy cost tuppence and the programme changed 3 times a week.
The chucker oot was Big Snowy and he used to pack them into one end of
the benches in the stalls and the kids were falling into the aisles at
the other end. We were all scared of big Snowy with his peaked hat.
|Jan.2013 from GlescaPals
guestbook, John & Mary McMillan, Glasgow
Does anybody out there remember the Gegy picture house in Kirkpatrick St if
so do you recall there being a stuffed lion on display probably MGM movie
advertisment way back in the 1950/ 60 years also name of book shop on corner
with London road. and the mens barbers across the street where your ma took
you for your square and sides haircut and you sat on aboard on the barbers
chair cause you were too wee and the two barbers probably brothers were Mike
and Bernny look alikes . and finally any idea what the record shop was named
on corner near Bernard st hope this stirs a few memories for GlescaPals who
knows maybe well get an e mail from other side of the World confirming the
lion in the Geggy mystery aw the best john and mary mcmillan