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Special History Post: Before the Broadway

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

While researching the Broadway's heritage, our curiosity led us to wonder what stood on the site of the Broadway before 1935. Before our beloved cinema opened its doors, we were fascinated to learn that the building that stood there before was a small house called Albert Cottage!

These incredible photographs were kindly donated to Friends of the Broadway Prestwick by fellow Prestwick historian and supporter of our project Alex Young. Alex attended the History of the Broadway presentation in collaboration with Prestwick History Group and was able to pass on this wonderful knowledge of the site's past.

In each photograph you can see Albert Cottage and its small walled front garden to the right-hand side. It is quite remarkable how such a grand and luxurious cinema with a 1,000 seat capacity was able to be constructed in such a small space and this is testament to the remarkable architectural skill of Alister Gladstone MacDonald!

Now we have learned about the existence of Albert Cottage, we would love to learn more about its former inhabitants! If you have any knowledge of the history of the cottage and/or the family who owned it we'd love to hear more stories. In the meantime, we were delighted to share this small part of Prestwick's history with you and hope you enjoyed seeing the photographs! Always lovely to see the trams!

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