In it’s heyday the Magnum in Irvine was the largest leisure centre in Europe, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland with over a million visitors passing through it’s doors every year.
Opened in 1976 at a cost of £3.2m, the multi-use facility featured an ice rink, swimming pool, gym and fitness studio, bowling green, badminton and squash courts and a kids soft play. It also had a cinema and theatre, and over the years featured artists such as Thin Lizzy, The Jam, Deacon Blue and The Clash.
The Magnum closed in 2016 after 40 years service, due to dwindling visitor numbers and funding cuts. It was demolished a year later.
Here’s a TV advert from the year 2000, which we recently unearthed on a VHS tape, showing The Magnum in much happier times.
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