Welcome to the Scottish Cinemas project, a volunteer-led, non
profit site dedicated to recording and archiving our historic
cinema architectural heritage - an often overlooked part of
our social history. We try to provide a photographic and
historical record of all Scottish 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.
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!
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.
A selection of cinema architecture related articles and stories, including archive and personal stories and memories.
A number of cinemas are listed for their special architectural and social heritage merit. Here we've listed the listed!
Searchable online resource of over 1,140 of Scotland's cinema buildings, from 1902 to the present day.
Gordon Barr works as the Architectural Heritage Fund Development Manager for Scotland. Before
joining the AHF in 2014, he was the Heritage Development
Manager for the multi-award-winning Maryhill Burgh
Halls project. Gordon has an academic and scientific
software development background. In 2011 he was shortlisted
for the Scottish Civic Trust's inaugural 'Civic Champion'
Gary Painter studied history and archaeology at the University of Glasgow and supported these studies with a part-time job in the Odeon Cinema in Renfield Street. One night, one of the senior projectionists showed him photos of the interior as it once was, which set his industrial archaeology senses twitching. Thus began a love affair with crawling around in voids and peering through hatches to find forgotten remnants of buildings much altered over the years. He now works as a Stage Doorkeeper at Glasgow's Theatre Royal.
Both Gary and Gordon are Scottish caseworkers
and committee members of the Cinema Theatre