Ice Skating Palace / Hubner's Hippodrome / Hengler's Picturedrome, Glasgow

Name(s)Ice Skating Palace / Hubner\'s Hippodrome / Hengler\'s Picturedrome
Address326, Sauchiehall Street
Year Opened1896
TypeVariety and films
InfoBuilt as a Panorama in 1875, this large round building on Sauchiehall Street re-opened as an ice skating venue in May 1896 and within weeks it had become the first place in Glasgow to show moving pictures. These were shown in the background while people skated and the orchestra played. The venue closed for a while and reopened in 1903 as Hubner\'s Hippodrome, combining variety and film seasons. In late 1904 it became the new site for Hengler\'s Italian Circus, and continued to show films in between circus seasons. In the late 1920s it was rebuilt as a dance hall, and the building continued to be adapted as the Regal cinema, then twinned as ABC1 and ABC2, split into five as the ABC Film Centre, and renamed several times. Some features from the original buildings survive in its current use as the ABC venue.
SourceBio 02.10.08, 11.02.09, 11.11.09