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  • Collection: BP15 Pickard's Prize

Article detailing the criticisms levelled at Moss Empires, Ltd. during the annual shareholders meeting. Among the complaints was a perceived decline in quality of the companys entertainment venues, the success of which, according to the shareholders,…

The Memorandum of Association of The Argyle Electric Theatre, Limited. offers a meticulous account of the terms and conditions regarding share ownership of the company. Interesting to note is the handwritten arithmetic on the far-right of the…

Prospectus for Preference Shares in The Argyle Electric Theatre Limited, dated 27th June, 1910. This document describes, in detail, the proposed plan to acquire the halls behind Nos. 49 - 55 Argyle Street andconvert them into an Electric Picture…

Prospectus for Preference Shares in The Argyle Electric Theatre Limited. The prospectus provides a detailed run-down of how many shares it is possible to purchase at the time of its publishing, as well as information on how to pay for theseCumulative…

Application form for Preference Shares in The Argyle Electric Theatre, Limited. The form dictates that applicants must be willing to accept less than the amount of shares they originally applied for, perhaps suggesting the demand for shares of this…

Town Council Jottings is a very interesting piece of writing from the Evening Times. The piece consists of a narrator explaining the daily activities of a council official, recounted using very poetic, decorated language. It is unclear whether the…

Article from The Eagle detailing the Glasgow Corporations promotion of Superintendent William Waddell to the position of Chief of the City Fire Brigade. The article celebrates the illustrious career of Waddell, proposing that his promotion was very…

Article from the Evening Times describing the evidence Mr. Pickard gave in court relating to the theft of one of his personal safes, containing around £7000 and a first edition of Robert Burns. At the time of the court case Pickard was 87 years old…

Article describing in detail the features of Pickards new cinema at Shawlands Cross named The White Elephant. Interesting is the mention of the innovative new approaches the cinema takes in developing traditional cinema features. The cinemas seating,…

Short, amusing article from the Evening News describing the excitement and alarm generated when a bull escaped from a transport float and entered the La Scala Picture-house. The article details the bulls dramatic adventure from its escape to its…

Short article describing the sale, for £5150, of the Springbank U.F. Church on Maryhill Road, Glasgow, to an unnamed cinema theatre company who planned to build a cinema on the site. The journalist intimates that the Burnbank U.F. Church…

Short article describing the introduction of the Amusement Tax. The article posits that, according to a claim by Mr. A.E. Pickard, the first person in the UK to pay the tax was Master Hugh Brown, who, upon paying the entry fee to the American Museum…

Evening Times weekly review of the Casino cinemas programme. Notable is the mention of a screening of Charlie Chaplins Charlie at Work, described by the journalist asa screamer from beginning to end.

Newspaper advert for a film showing at the Townhead Casino cinema entitledQuo Vadis?. The advert goes into detail in conveying the high production value of the film and the critical acclaim it has received. For example, according to the author of the…

Newspaper advert for agreat picture exclusive at the Townhead Casino cinema: a four-reel film entitledThe Jockey of Death. According to the advert, the film was being shown on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only of the week commencing November 15th,…

Short article describing the weekly programme of Pickards Casino cinema. The main attraction is detailed as a film entitledThe Tragedy in the Life of General Villa, an epic said to containmany vivid battle scenes and whose production involved the use…

Short article detailing the weekly programme of The Casino. Most interesting is the mention of an attraction entitled Dalmeres Table Circus, which is said to feature performingcats, dogs, doves and monkeys. Also mentioned is the screening of a film…

Privilege Ticket stub admitting entry to the balcony area of the St. James Hall Picture Palace on Stirling Road, Glasgow.

Short article describing the weekly programme of Pickards Casino cinema. Most notable is the mention of a film being screened, entitledOrders Under Seal, an epic drama whose film spans over 6000 feet in length and has a 90 minute running time.…

Complimentary Ticket stub admitting half-price entry to the Savoy Variety and Pictures establishment on the corner of Renfrew Street and Hope Street, Glasgow.

Short article explaining how Pickard agreed to help raise money for the Relief Fund by kicking off a charity football match between the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society and the Co-operative Drapery and Furnishing Department at Ibrox Park. The…

Pink Complimentary Ticket stub admitting entry to The Palace Theatre of Varieties on the Main Street in Gorbals, Glasgow. According to the ticket, the establishment was then under new management.

Ticket stub admitting to the stalls area of Greens Round Toll Picturedrome on Possil Road, Glasgow. Most interesting here is the disclaimer found near the bottom of the ticket, which reads:As a means of excluding undesirable persons from the use of…

Short article detailing a humorous mix-up with the newspapers birth column. The article describes how Pickard had recently announced his 40th birthday through the column, however, afirm of patent food experts mistakenly took this as an announcement…

Short article describing the grand occasion of Pickards birthday, celebrated at the Panopticon and attended by a great number of guests. The article also details how Pickard received184 telegrams of congratulation… wishing him continued health and…

Short description of the weekly programme at Pickards Casino cinema, referencing a three-part film entitledThe Clue of the Broken Finger as thechief attraction of the picture houses entertainment that week.

Brief account of the Casino cinemas weekly programme, notable for the inclusion of the amusingly titledFun in a Chinese Laundry: agenuinely humorous acrobat sketch by comedy duo Sydney and Hobart.

Complimentary Ticket admitting entry of one person to the family circle area of Princesss Theatre, Glasgow. Most interesting here is the fact that the ticket has been date-stamped with blue ink, as well as a second time with a stamp readingSECOND…

Short account of the weekly programme of Pickards Casino cinema. Most notable is a reference to the popularity of the song and dance group Wilsons Eight Jolly Juveniles, who, according to the journalist, aremeeting with great success for their…

Short article explaining how the Glasgow Horse and Motormens Union bestowed anilluminated address upon Mr Pickard and gave his wife a gold bracelet, for the services he provided the city carters with during their strike. The article explains how…

Ticket admitting entry to the School Childrens Matinee performance at the Dennistoun Picture Palladium on Hillfoot Street, Glasgow. The ticket states that matinee performances would take place every Saturday at 3pm, with doors opening at 2.30pm.

Newspaper advert proclaiming the successes of Pickards five Glasgow attractions: the Casino, the Panopticon, the Ibrox Palace, the Clydebank Theatre, and the Waxwork at the Trongate. The venues are listed and each is given a brief, bombastic account…

Short story entitledThe Millionaires Gratitude which seems to be a somewhat autobiographical account of Pickards life. In the story, an affluent, well-dressed man approaches a poor old lady and explains how the generosity she showed him many years…

Newspaper cutting describing the weekly programme of the Casino cinema. Most notable is the mention of a performer named Mile Romany, alady handcuff manipulator whose act might nowadays be termedescape artist. The article describes the astonishment…

Short article describing Pickards purchase of a monoplane at auction. Pickard is described as battlingspirited competition from fellow bidders in order to emerge successful during the auction. The article also describes Pickards wish to apply for…

Short newspaper clipping from the Glasgow News detailing a list of performances taking place at the Casino. Most notable is the mention of aspecialty act by performer Max Merlin entitledThe Human Crocodile. The performance is described as showcasing…

Short newspaper cutting from the Observer describing the weekly programme of the Casino. Mentioned are the performances of Will Starr,the chocolate-coloured comedian and dancer and Cissie Norton,the popular male impersonator. Though an appraisal of…

Short article detailing the enormous success of each of Pickards cinemas: the Casino, The Panopticon, the Clydebank Gaiety and the Ibrox Picture Palace. In particular, the luxurious interior of the Casino is celebrated, being described asamong the…

Green ticket stub admitting one persons entry upon payment of one penny to the audience area or balcony of St. James Hall Picture Palace on Stirling Road, Glasgow. Ticket states that children under the age of 14 are unable to use this ticket,…

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Various newspaper cuttings about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between May and June, 1912. Also included are tickets admitting entry to St. James' Hall Picture Palace and Hengler's.

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Newspaper cutting about Moss Empires Ltd.

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Preference shares prospectus.

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Preference shares prospectus.

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Preference shares prospectus.

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Application for preference shares.

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Newspaper cutting about the town council.

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Newspaper cutting about the Chief of City Fire Brigade (Glasgow) William Waddell.

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Newspaper cutting about the break in and theft of a safe from A.E. Pickard

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Two newspaper articles in The Evening News about the opening of a new cinema called The White Elephant located at Shawlands Cross.

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Newspaper cuttings about A.E. Pickard, his businesses, exhibits, and publicity stunts. Also present is an article about an escaped bull in Glasgow entering a city cinema before being recaptured.

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Newspaper cuttings about the sale of a church in Glasgow, a Lottery Acts case, and a photograph of the Three Arts Ball in Covent Garden.

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Newspaper cuttings about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema. Also included is a cartoon from The Bioscope depicting the introduction of the Amusement Tax in 1916, as well as an article which discusses a controversial ruling by the Sheriff…

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Newspaper cuttings about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between January and March, 1916.

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Newspaper cuttings about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema dating from between November 1915 and January, 1916. Included are several articles celebrating the November release of a film entitled 'The Jockey of Death', said to contain…

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times and The Citizen about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema dating from between August and November, 1915.

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Newspaper cuttings about the programme of A.E. Pickard, dating from between June and August, 1915. Included are articles detailing the programme of his Casino Cinema as well as an article from the Evening Times celebrating the programmes of all four…

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Glasgow News and The Citizen about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between April and June, 1915.

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Glasgow News and The Citizen about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema. Also included is a Privilege Ticket admitting entry to the balcony area for a screening at the St. James Hall Picture…

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Glasgow News and The Citizen about the programme of A.E Pickard's Casino Cinema dating from between December 1914 and February 1915.

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Newspaper cuttings about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema. Also included is a Complimentary Ticket admitting conditional half-price entry to the Savoy Variety and Picture house.

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Glasgow News and The Citizen about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema. Also included is a photograph of Pickard wearing a kilt and a short Glasgow News Article explaining how he is the special…

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Glasgow News and The Citizen about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema. Also included is a Complimentary ticket admitting conditional entry to the Palace Theatre of Varieties located on the…

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Citizen and The Glasgow News about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema. Also included are tickets admitting entry to the Empress Picture and Variety Playhouse and Green's Round Toll…

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Citizen and The Glasgow News about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema. Also included is a short article from The Times describing an amusing incident involving the mistaken case of Pickard's…

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Glasgow News and The Citizen about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between January and March, 1914.

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Glasgow News and The Citizen about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema dating from between November 1913 and January 1914.

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Newspaper cuttings from The Citizen, The Glasgow News and the Evening Times about the programme of A.E Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between September and November, 1913.

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Newspaper cuttings from The Glasgow News, The Citizen and the Evening Times about the programme of A.E Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between July and September, 1913. Also included is a complimentary ticket granting admission to the family…

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Cuttings from various different newspapers about the programme of A.E Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between May and July, 1913.

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Cuttings from various different newspapers about the programme of A.E Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between March and May, 1913. Also included is an article from The Glasgow News detailing Pickard being honoured by the city carters for…

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Cuttings from various different newspapers about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between February and March, 1913. Also included is a ticket admitting entry to an attraction at the Springburn Electric Theatre, as well as a…

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Cuttings from various different newspapers about the programme of A.E. Pickard, across several of his performance venues. Also included are two tickets admitting entry to performances at Langham Picture Halls, as well as a Privilege Ticket admitting…

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Newspaper cuttings about the programme of A.E Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between December 1912 and January 1913. Also included is a ticket admitting entry to the Dennistoun Picture Palladium, as well as a short story entitled 'The…

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Newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Citizen and The Glasgow News about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between October and December, 1912.

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Various newspaper cuttings from the Evening Times, The Citizen and The Glasgow News about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between September and October, 1912. Also included is an article detailing Pickard's purchase of a…

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Newspaper cuttings from The Glasgow News and The Citizen about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between August and September, 1912. Also included are tickets admitting entry to various picture houses, including the Star…

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Newspaper cuttings from The Glasgow News, The Observer and The Citizen about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between July and August, 1912.

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Newspaper cuttings from The Citizen, The Glasgow News and The Observer about the programme of A.E. Pickard's Casino Cinema, dating from between June and July, 1912. Also included is an article chronicling the successes of Pickard's various…
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