Glasgow Film Theatre

Photo: Alan Crumlish

John McKissack

1939

Category B Listed

Like the UK’s first arthouse cinema, the Curzon Mayfair, by the Paisley-born Thomas Tait, this building was inspired by the work of the highly influential Dutch architect, W. M. Dudok. Brick buildings were far from the norm in Glasgow but the combination of brick, long lines of faience, blocky massing and a stepped tower, all rising from a solid black base, are very much in the brick moderne style which Dudok evolved in Hilversum, where he was city architect. Originally the arthouse of the Cosmo chain, the building is sometimes credited to McKissack’s son, James, but it is more likely to be by W. J. Anderson II.