a go tae the pictures Mammy?"
CINEMA, 41 Summerfield Street,
Known locally as the 'Strathie' the Strathclyde cinema opened on 15 Aug 1928 by
Strathclyde Cinema Ltd it was sold to George Green Ltd in 1937 before
finally closing on 7 May 1961.
It's shown here
when it was a Bingo Hall...... it was a bingo hall from 1962 then sadly demolished in 1982.
photo sent by GlescaPal Jas
|2015, Email, Owen Stewart, Age 79yrs, Glasgow, Scotland
Living in Ardenlea Street my local was the Strathclyde picture house
which changed programmes twice a week. For half a crown you could watch
two pictures, a cartoon and the news. At odd times I would visit the
Arcadia, the Olympia and sometimes the Rio in Rutherglen, but mostly it
was the Strathie.
|Oct. 2015, Email, GlescaPal William M Neilly aka 'glesca artist', Hamilton, Scotland
The Strathclyde picture house
(The Strathies), part of the Green’s Playhouse Group, was located in
Summerfield Street, adjacent to Stevenson’s Dairies and opposite
Dalmarnock Hair Factory which had been producing hair for padding in
seats and other soft furnishings since the 1890s. The “Strathies”
was my local cinema and I was introduced to “the pictures” as a small
child at primary school by my parents.
Saturday evening was
special for the Neilly family as our mother and father would take me,
my sister Mary and our brother Edward to “the pictures”. Our elder
teenage brothers, John and Thomas, did their own thing on Saturday
evenings. Our parents would sit in the row behind the “weans” so that
they could give us a “skelp across the heid” or a “skite aroun’ the
lug” if we misbehaved or talked too loud during the film.
Because of the early closing hours of public houses in those days,
about 9.00pm, our father would quietly slip out to the White Horse
public house, at the corner of Summerfield Street and Dalmarnock Road,
for a quick “hauf ‘n a hauf” (a nip of whisky and a half pint of
beer). He would retain his cinema ticket so that he
was allowed back into the cinema when the pub closed.
As we got older, we would
go to the Saturday afternoon matinee with siblings or pals. We
were always seated at the front of the house by the ushers/usherettes
and there was constant babbling and the occasional fight would break
out. The ushers/usherettes, who wore uniforms and carried an
electric torch, would constantly patrol the aisles trying to maintain
order and silence. Persistent trouble makers were always thrown
out. There would be booing and hissing if the screen went blank
while the projectionist changed film reels.
Summerfield street from Dalmarnock Road
photo courtesy of © Gordon
Photo of the old
Strathclyde picture hall
in Summerfield Street
taken from Dalmarnock Rd.
(See fabulous website about surviving