Programmes, posters, scripts, licences, production notes, press cutting books, letters, photographs and contracts undated
Records of the Metropole and Empire Theatres, Glasgow, Scotland
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Administrative / Biographical History
The Metropole Theatre was formally known as the Scotia Theatre, which opened in 1862 as a music hall, it changed its name to the Metropole in 1897 . In its early years the Metropole was managed by Arthur Jefferson, his son Stanley, auditioned at another Glasgow theatre, the Panopticon. After some success he eventually changed his name to Laurel and became know as Stan Laurel. The Metropole was an important venue for many Scottish artistes, many of whom began their careers there, such as W F Frame and Harry Lauder. From 1937 the Logan family was closely associated with the theatre. The Metropole was destroyed by fire on 28 October 1961 .
The Empire Theatre began life as the Gaiety Theatre in March 1874 . It was rebuilt in 1896-1897 and opened on 05 April 1897 at 31-35 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, with Vesta Tilley topping the bill. The proprietors were Moss Empires. After a major refit in 1930, it became the second largest variety theatre in Britain and one of the most important venues. Stars from across Europe and America appeared there, such as Abbot & Costello, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Jack Benny, Judy Garland, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. The Empire had the reputation of being the English comedians graveyard and even acts who later became famous (for example, Moprecambe and Wise), were often coolly or often hostilely received by critical Empire audiences. Despite the level of entertainment, the theatre closed and the site was sold off, 25 March 1963 .
Source: M.H. Hay, Glasgow theatres and music halls: a guide (Glasgow, 1980)
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Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 27 September 2004.
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