BID TO OPEN UP LYCEUM

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY DREW SANDELANDS

AF­TER al­most 40 years films could be shown at Govan’s his­toric “su­per cin­ema” – the Lyceum – once more. The owner of the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing 1930s prop­erty is plan­ning to re­open a sec­tion of the site as a cin­ema, a coun­cil re­port has re­vealed.

Films have not been screened in the build­ing, which is on the “at risk” reg­is­ter, since 1981 and its doors were shut com­pletely in 2006, when a bingo hall was closed.

Coun­cil­lors will hear about the re­gen­er­a­tion of Govan at a meet­ing next week and a re­port states: “The build­ing is in pri­vate own­er­ship and the owner has re­cently in­ti­mated an in­ten­tion to im­prove the front el­e­va­tion, mainly by re­paint­ing, and re­open a por­tion of the build­ing as a cin­ema.”

But there is “some con­cern” re­pairs won’t be car­ried out and an al­ter­na­tive plan to open a mu­sic venue in the cin­ema has been pro­posed.

“While this [the cin­ema] would be wel­come, there is, based on pre­vi­ous track record, some con­cern amongst some mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity that this will hap­pen,” the re­port con­tin­ues.

“Ac­cord­ingly, al­ter­na­tive com­mu­nity pro­pos­als are be­ing pro­moted by Govan Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, which aim to bring the build­ing into com­mu­nity own­er­ship as a mu­sic event venue.”

Coun­cil of­fi­cers are sup­port­ive of pro­pos­als to “sen­si­tively re­store” the cat­e­gory B-listed build­ing so it can be brought “back into pro­duc­tive use for the benefit of the lo­cal com­mu­nity”.

In 2017, it was re­ported Govan Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion wanted to buy the Lyceum to pro­vide a com­mu­nity-owned con­cert and events venue.

The Lyceum orig­i­nally opened in De­cem­ber 1938, seat­ing 2600 peo­ple. It was built on the site of the 1899 Lyceum Theatre, which had burned down.

In 1974, the au­di­to­rium was split, with bingo in the stalls and a 480-seat cin­ema on the bal­cony. The cin­ema closed in 1981 and the bingo hall shut in 2006.

Other projects in­cluded in the re­port on the re­gen­er­a­tion of Govan in­clude the Govan-Partick bridge, the re­de­vel­op­ment of Wa­ter Row and the Govan Old Cam­pus mas­ter­plan.

Pro­pos­als for Wa­ter Row in­clude mid-mar­ket rented ac­com­mo­da­tion, which will be funded through the coun­cil’s hous­ing in­vest­ment pro­gramme and ground and first-floor space for com­mer­cial and com­mu­nity use.

The re­de­vel­op­ment of the for­mer Govan Old Par­ish Church is set to show­case the Govan Stones as well pro­vide of­fice space, cater­ing for around 70 em­ploy­ees.

And the Govan Cross Town­scape Her­itage Ini­tia­tive has seen a £900,000 scheme to im­prove the pub­lic realm, in­clud­ing pro­tected cy­cle in­fra­struc­ture and re­pairs to the war me­mo­rial.

The Lyceum was split into a bingo hall and cin­ema in 1974, but it stopped show­ing films in 1981 and has been shut since 2006, with de­bris left at the site, while, above right, are plans for Wa­ter Row

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