James McKissack was one of Scotland's most prolific cinema architects.
McKissack’s designs, spread throughout Central Scotland,
reflected every significant new trend in British cinema design, from
the earliest cinemas of the Edwardian period, inserted into existing
shop units, to the most glamorous ‘super cinemas’
of the late-1930s, and even include Scotland’s first specialist
‘art house’ cinema – the Cosmo [now GFT
in Glasgow. Notwithstanding having produced so vast and significant a
body of work, the details of McKissack’s remarkable life have
largely been forgotten by architectural history and the majority of his
designs have long since been demolished.
By piecing together surviving fragments of information about his life
and works, this article aims to tell the forgotten story of James
McKissack – Cinema Architect.
Article ©2004, Tom Widdows. Archive photos courtesy Bruce Peter.
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