Designating the former Mecca Cinema at 124 Balmore Road, Glasgow

Closes 15 May 2024

Opened 7 Mar 2024


We are proposing to designate the former Mecca Cinema at 124 Balmore Road, Glasgow as a listed building.

The Mecca Cinema, opened in 1933, is a rare survival of a 1930s cinema which retains its architecturally distinctive character to the main elevation. It is a notable example of the work of architect James McKissack, a foremost Scottish cinema designer of the earlier 20th century. The cinema is an architectural landmark in the streetscape and its wider setting in Possilpark. It is of social historical significance for the association with town planning, leisure, and industry in the early 20th century. 

Principal elevation of the former Mecca Cinema on a bright, sunny day, with cars passing.

Principal elevation of the former Mecca Cinema © HES 

We are now gathering views on our proposal to list this building at category C. 

To help you respond to the following survey, please read why we think the    former Mecca Cinema meets the criteria for listing by downloading our Report of Handling [PDF, 243KB].

How we designate listed buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest. A dedicated team researches and assesses all designation applications.

You can find out more about listed buildings in the Advice and Support section of the Historic Environment Scotland website, and read our Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019).

To merit listing, the structure must meet set listing criteria.

Find out about the listing process.

Why your views matter

We’d love to hear your thoughts and whether you agree with our proposal. You can do this by completing the short questionnaire below. We are also keen for any more information that you might have about the building/site, which will enhance our understanding of its significance and our record. 

This questionnaire usually takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

Find out what comments we consider and what happens next in our consultation guide or watch our Designations video.

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