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Empire Exhibition, Bellahouston Park

Designed by Alister G MacDonald for the 1938 Empire Exhibition, which ran from 3 May - 29 October. The Empire was designed as a 'newsreel' cinema, but also had a small stage for live performances. It seated around 600. MacDonald also designed the Peace Pavilion at the exhibition. The image below shows the cinemas location on the exhibition site, near to the main entrance, and how the foyer was set perpendicular to the body of the auditorium:

When the exhibition closed, the cinema was one of the buildings that was dismantled and sold on, becoming the Empire in Lochgilphead.

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