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Plan to Convert Cinema into Casino Is Ditched

10 August 2005

GLASGOW, Scotland -- As reported by the Glasgow Evening Times: "Plans to turn Glasgow's Odeon cinema into a casino have been scrapped amid uncertainty about new gaming laws.

"Developers of the B-listed building say it will now be transformed into a £15 million nightclub and entertainment venue instead.

"Edinburgh-based firm Duddingston House Properties announced plans last year for the 1930s picture house in Renfield Street to include a large casino, with gambling over four floors.

"It would have rivalled Rangers FC's proposals for a £150m Las Vegas-style casino on the doorstep of Ibrox stadium.

"...But looming government legislation which will permit only one mega-style venue in the UK, possibly in Blackpool or London, has convinced developers to drop their proposals for the Odeon..."

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