Helensburgh Property: Former pub set to be auctioned online

A FORMER pub in Helensburgh that opened as a movie theater over 100 years ago is set to go up for auction in an online auction next week.

The James Street building, last known as the Logie Baird pub, is featured in Future Property Auction’s catalog for an online event on Thursday April 7.

Plans for a new on-site bar and restaurant – known as The Dapper Dug – were unveiled last October.

the next week’s event catalog gives the property a starting price of £229,000.

A spokesperson for The Dapper Dug told the advertiser that its owner had pulled out of the auction, however, Future Property Auctions said it was still to continue.

The spokesperson also said the only change resulting from any future sale of the building would be who the company would pay rent to.

Originally opened in 1913, the C-listed building was the site of the La Scala cinema.

It has stood empty since Logie Baird’s operators, local couple Cara and Milan Nikolic, closed the business in 2019.

They had taken over and restored the building, which had fallen into disrepair after passing through numerous owners in the previous years, in 2017.

But the business ran into trouble after a series of police incidents near the premises, and a weekend 11pm curfew was imposed by the Argyll and Bute licensing board in April 2019.

This curfew was overturned on appeal, on condition that the pub’s gatekeeper business was replaced, but after no company could be found with sufficient resources to take on the job, it was decided to close the business.

According to social media posts, The Dapper Dug was originally scheduled to open in mid-November 2021, but that date was pushed back to spring this year due to “unforeseen delays”.

When plans for the building were first announced last October, it was said that the new venture would create around 20 new jobs.

The Dapper Dug was advertising the company’s staff via social media as recently as Thursday night.

La Scala was one of three movie houses in Helensburgh and was the last to close in 1984 after showing films for 70 years.

It then became a games room and later a pool hall before closing in the 1990s.

The building’s iconic features were recognized in 1993 when it was named a C-listed property by Historic Scotland.

It opened as Logie Baird in 2007 after an £800,000 refurbishment by UK pub chain Barracuda, but was closed by trustees in November 2013, with Mr and Mrs Nikolic taking it over four years later .

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