Thursday Talks: The Architects of the Scottish Cinemas
04 July 2019, 6pm for 6.30pm
£10 GAC Members, £12 General Public, £5 Students
Gordon Barr and Gary Painter are well known for their knowledge of the history of Scottish cinema architecture. On 4th July they will take a closer look at some of the cinema architects, who tended to be local ie. Scottish. In contrast, theatres were often designed by specialists from England. One of these Scottish architects, William R Glen, became the house architect for the ABC chain (which itself has Glasgow roots) so his most famous buildings are outside Scotland.
They will also look at how changing fashions, legislation, technology, audience expectations and styles of presentation have affected the appearance of the buildings over the years.
Gordon Barr is the Architectural Heritage Fund Support Officer for Scotland. Previously he was the Heritage Development Manager for the multi-award-winning Maryhill Burgh Halls project, He has been involved in projects related to the social and architectural heritage of cinema and theatre buildings in Scotland, including working on a number of projects in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland’s Listing Team. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the Scottish Civic Trust’s inaugural ‘Civic Champion’ award. He is a member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and a committee member of the Cinema Theatre Association.
While studying history and archaeology at Glasgow University Gary Painter worked at the Odeon Cinema in Renfield Street. This sparked his interest in cinema architecture and he has collaborated with Gordon as a caseworker and committee member of the Cinema Theatre Association.
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