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Fire engulfs derelict bingo hall


Fire wrecks derelict theatre

About 60 firefighters tackled a large blaze at a derelict former theatre, cinema and bingo hall in Glasgow.

Emergency services were called to the fire in Eglington Street, in the south side of the city, at about 0130 BST.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said five pumps and three aerial appliances were used to fight the flames at the Coliseum building.

The distinctive Coliseum building had fallen into disrepair and was on the Buildings at Risk list.

The Register of Scotland's website said the theatre opened in 1905 and was based on the now demolished Ardwick Empire in Manchester.

Designed by the renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham, the theatre originally seated almost 3,000 people.

It started showing films full-time in 1925 and it was the first venue in Glasgow to show a talking picture in January 1929.

It closed as a cinema in 1980 and was used as a bingo hall from the late 80s until 2003.

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