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TITLE
William Glashan's 'Old Inverness' (2 of 3 )
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_HOWARDCHITTY_02
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
Howard Chitty
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2032
KEYWORDS
artists
theatres
audio

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William Glashan (1903-1981) was an Inverness architect who had a passionate interest in the old town. During the 1950s and 60s he set out to paint as many of the town's historic buildings as he could, in advance of their demolition. In this audio extract, one of Glashan's former colleagues - Howard Chitty - talks about Glashan's drawing of the Empire Theatre, Inverness.

Interviewer: The Empire Theatre, the building that's on the site of where the British Telecom -

That's right, yes.

Interviewer: - now are, the inspiration of the building, how do you think the original design was thought out?

Well, I believe that the building was designed by Alexander Ross's office; it was originally designed as a cinema. I think that the front is fairly, sort of, flamboyant sort of style which tends one to believe that it is a place of entertainment although actually the back of the building, the auditorium, was a fairly sort of utilitarian sort of structure. But it fulfilled a great need in Inverness. It was used as a cinema, and as a theatre, and then as a cinema again. Laterally, during the war years, it was a cinema and then in the summer it accepted summer shows.

Interviewer: Dave Willis. And the Scottish Orchestra used to come up. Lots of well known Highland entertainers.

Yes, lots of well known entertainers on the television today first trod the boards of the old Empire Theatre

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William Glashan's 'Old Inverness' (2 of 3 )

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1980s; 1990s

artists; theatres; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: William Glashan

William Glashan (1903-1981) was an Inverness architect who had a passionate interest in the old town. During the 1950s and 60s he set out to paint as many of the town's historic buildings as he could, in advance of their demolition. In this audio extract, one of Glashan's former colleagues - Howard Chitty - talks about Glashan's drawing of the Empire Theatre, Inverness.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: The Empire Theatre, the building that's on the site of where the British Telecom - <br /> <br /> That's right, yes.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: - now are, the inspiration of the building, how do you think the original design was thought out?<br /> <br /> Well, I believe that the building was designed by Alexander Ross's office; it was originally designed as a cinema. I think that the front is fairly, sort of, flamboyant sort of style which tends one to believe that it is a place of entertainment although actually the back of the building, the auditorium, was a fairly sort of utilitarian sort of structure. But it fulfilled a great need in Inverness. It was used as a cinema, and as a theatre, and then as a cinema again. Laterally, during the war years, it was a cinema and then in the summer it accepted summer shows. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Dave Willis. And the Scottish Orchestra used to come up. Lots of well known Highland entertainers.<br /> <br /> Yes, lots of well known entertainers on the television today first trod the boards of the old Empire Theatre