News and Updates
Two new galleries are added today - a full
interior survey of the current condition of the former Orient cinema in Ayr,
with thanks to the new owners who have exciting plans for the
building, plus an extensive new gallery covering the sad
demolition of the auditorium block of the Odeon, Renfield Street in
ScottishCinemas is pleased to announce a new
collaboration with fellow Scottish film website, ReelScotland.com.
Together we are launching a new resource for those interested in
the past, present and future of the moving image in Scotland: Cinematic Scotland.
While ReelScotland tends to focus on Scottish made and set
productions as they head to our screens and ScottishCinemas
continues to be dedicated to recording and archiving our
historic cinema architectural heritage, Cinematic Scotland
will complement both by taking a closer look at the places those
films were shot as well as the cinemas they're watched in.
Cinematic Scotland's first two big projects are a cinematic
walking trail of Edinburgh, created in partnership with the
National Library of Scotland's Going to the
Pictures exhibition, and a tour of the locations that
inspired Disney Pixare's upcoming film, Brave.
Other launch features include a look at Linlithgow's cinematic
connections, a search for Sean Connery in Edinburgh and a look
at the biggest cinema ever built in Europe.
Regular updates from Cinematic
Scotland can also be found on Twitter.
Dr Michael J Timmons, son of cinema manager James J. Timmons,
has kindly contributed a number of photos and details for the
buildings managed by his father in both Saltcoats and Stevenson, and the cinema
connection of his grandfather and wider family to Denny.
We've also added an image of the Central Picture House in Broxburn, thanks to Shawn
Watson, and a great image of the Star, Armadale before it was
converted from a pub!
If you've missed hearing from us recently, why not follow our
somewhat more frequent updates on Twitter?
We've also recently partnered with the Cinema City
project being run by the Glasgow Film Theatre, and have just
released a free podcast covering a wander down Sauchiehall
Street in its Glasgow and its many cinemas! Find out more and download
Some great new images have been added to the site - a stunning
night-time view of the New
Tivoli in Edinburgh, all lit up and decorated for the
Coronation, thanks to Nigel Baxter.
Also in Edinburgh, a great program for the pre-cinema days of
the Albert Hall in
Shandwick Place - find out about the Psychognotic Seance, plus
the Burmese Mystery!
In Bathgate, a new image
of the Pavilion cinema, decorated to advertise the film
Cleopatra, thanks to Ian Hossack.
In the Articles section, a
fascinating new article and accompanying pictures from Norman
Allan, on the mobile cinemas that served the north of Scotland
in the 1950s - the Highlands
and Islands Film Guild, which predated the current Screen
Machine by some decades!
Thanks to Alistair Goldsmith, we've been able to add a detailed
demolition photo gallery for the former Picture House
in Troon. The decoration in the auditorium had been hidden away
for many years, and was surprisingly intact.
We're delighted to be able to make available in an electronic
version - exclusively and for the first time ever online - the
full text of the seminal research work on Edinburgh cinemas - Edinburgh Theatres, Cinemas and
Circuses 1820 - 1963, by George Baird.
More details - and the download - are
New archive images let us add
pictures of the Broadway in Blantyre,
the Embassy in
Edinburgh, the Gaiety and Grafton in Glasgow, the
Cinema in Inverbervie,
Green's Picturedrome in Irvine,
the Town Hall in Lockerbie,
and the Central Picture House in Musselburgh.
DHP have announced that they are not going to accept any of
the three formal offers that were submitted for the Edinburgh
Odeon/New Victoria, and
are instead going to press on with re-submitting their plans
to demolish the cinema auditorium to make way for a boutique
hotel. Details in the Scotsman article here.
The Edinburgh South Side Community Council have started a
petition to the Council to perform repairs on the building,
and ideally compulsory purchase it to allow one of the
interested bidders to take the building.
The petition (up to 1,488 signatures at time of writing, but
still rising fast) can be found here;
some background to their campaign is here.
In Aberdeen, it looks like a similar scheme to replace the
audtorium of the former Capitol cinema with
a hotel seems likely to go ahead, according to reports in the
Thanks to information from Alex Braid and Bill Dailly,
we've a positive identification for the Unknown cinema in Dundee as the Electric Theatre
(not to be confused with the Electric Theatre
in Dundee!) - and have updated things accordingly. Bill has
also positively identified one of the mystery Projection Box
photos on the Unknown Page as that
of Screen 2 at the New Picture House, St Andrews (as the
photo was originally taken by himself!).
More new additions:
the Darvel Picture House,
the Dumbarton Regal and
Picture House, the Dumfries
Lyceum, Dunoon Pavilion, Forfar Reid Hall, Haddington Codona, Leslie Town Hall, and the Town Hall in Port Glasgow.
New pages/images have also been
added for the: Falkirk Grand
Theatre, the Greenock Central, the Palladium in
Kirkcaldy, the Gaiety
Theatre in Leith, the Castle in Paisley,
the Pavilion in
Perth, Marine Park
Concert Hall in Portobello, and the Electric Theatre
For Ayr, we've added photos of the Picture House/Gaumont,
Pavilion/Green's Playhouse, the Town Hall, and the
former Theatre Royal.
Edinburgh sees the Theatre
Royal added, with Aberdeen gaining pages for the Electric and the
In Dundee, newly added images for the Her Majesty's / Capitol
/ Majestic, the New
Hippodrome / Princess, and the Cinema / BB Cinerama.
Finally, two new images have been added to the Unknown Cinemas page - can you help
identify these buildings?? Let us know!
All this also lets us bring our site statistics up to date: we
now have an inpressive 1,142 cinemas in the database, of which we
have images of over 780 buildings, in over 250 different places
Come May 2011, it will be ten
years since this website was started - quite a long time
in internet years!
To get started with that, thanks to the Cinema Theatre Association
Archive, we're able to add a host of new archive images of
buildings not previously shown on this site. The first batch
includes new pages for: the Ballantrae Cinema, Blantyre Picture Theatre,
Colmonell Public Hall, Crail Airds Picture House, Dysart Memorial Hall, Eastriggs Carlyle Hall, Forth & Wilsontown
Tinto, Gatehouse of
Fleet Town Hall, Kinlochleven
Public Hall, Laurencekirk
Cinema, and the Nethybridge
Community Centre - bringing the total of Scottish towns
featured on this site to over 250!
More cinemas added to existing pages include: the Town Hall in
Aberfeldy, the New
Cinema and Pavilion in Airdrie,
the Aytoun Hall in Auchterarder,
the Cinema House in Bathgate,
the Picture House in Bellshill,
the Regal in Bonnyrigg,
the Grand in Broughty
Ferry, the Picture Palace in Burntisland, the
Pavilion in Carnoustie,
the Cinema in Castle
Douglas, the Cinema and Theatre Royal in Coatbridge, the
Playhouse in Couper Angus,
and the Regal in Dalry.
to come, so stay tuned!
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