The rounded, flowing curves of the exterior are edged in black, and the white faience tiles broken up with tall windows above the central entrance canopy. The white foyer block is in contrast to the darker, roughcast auditorium, also edged in black curving tiles, somewhat reminiscent of the cloud-shaped exterior at his Raith cinema, Kirkcaldy, and a motif that is reproduced in several places inside the building.
The entrance doors originally incorporated a revolving door, although this was soon rebuilt as an additional ticket booth. The Automaticket machine is still in the booth today, and its revolving origins are still obvious!
The alterations in the 1,780 seater auditorium for bingo use - such as the addition of bars and cash desks etc. - have been done in a sympathetic style to the original decoration, with sweeping curves incorporated into the design. While the balcony and stalls rakes have been flattened out, and the cinema seating replaced with bingo tables, otherwise the auditorium still very much retains its original cinematic feel.
The ceiling features a very unusual ceiling lighting design - a large cylindrical central light fitting sits just in front of the proscenium, projecting downward from the roof. The red decorated glass in these would originally have been illuminated from above by a series of bulbs that could be accessed from above via crawlways in the roofspace. Further deep set oblong light fittings protrude from the ceiling above the balcony. Some of the smaller original ceiling lights also survive intact under the balcony.
It has continued a bingo hall to the present day, except for a brief period in 1990 when it featured as a super cinema once more in the film Silent Scream, featuring Robert Carlyle.
Many thanks to Robert Kelly and the staff of NB Bingo for their time and enthusiasm while showing us around the building.
A 1980 exterior can be seen here, courtesy Chris Doak.