Latest news:

May 18th 2013
Gallery of the demolition of the Odeon, Renfield Street, and a new interior survey of the former Orient in Ayr.

June 12th 2012

Launch of partner website Cinematic Scotland in association with


January 31st 2012:
New images for cinemas in Broxburn, Armadale, Denny and a number of new images on the Saltcoats and Stevenston pages.

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There are now over 1,140 cinemas in the database, of which we have images of over 800 buildings in over 250 different places around Scotland!

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Zoomable map of over 180 Glasgow cinemas...


Welcome to the Scottish Cinemas project. This website is dedicated to recording and archiving our historic cinema architectural heritage, and to act as a information resource for people interested in that often overlooked part of our social history.

The project primarily concentrates on Scottish purpose built cinemas, with particular emphasis and details on the cinemas of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The focus of the website is to provide a photographic and historical record of all surviving cinema buildings, including those now unrecognisable or otherwise highly altered over the years. Cinemas that have now been demolished are also featured where photographs exist and copyright allows us to use them.

A network of volunteers means that the website is constantly expanding and there are frequent updates of new material and cinema news.

We aim to present photographic references of the current state of these buildings, highlighting original decorative features where they survive, and often focusing on how they have been adapted for other uses, while at the same time telling their history with the help of archive material where available.

Scottish Cinemas Database

The website is also home to the Scottish Cinemas Database, an online resource of all of Scotland's cinema buildings, from 1902 to the present day. This is fully searchable and constantly updated as new information becomes available. It currently contains information on over 1,100 cinemas.

We welcome contributions of information, photographs, memories or anything else related to Scotland's cinemas - if you have any material you'd like to share, please do get in touch.