News and Updates
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Although the main site hasn't been updated in a while,
we've not stopped reporting on cinema news - follow us on twitter
or have look at our ScottishCinemas
Facebook page for the latest news
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 Glasgow.
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
past, present and future of the moving image in Scotland: Cinematic
While ReelScotland tends to focus on Scottish made and set
as they head to our screens and ScottishCinemas continues to be
dedicated to recording and archiving our historic cinema
Scotland will complement both by taking a closer look at the
places those films were shot as well as the cinemas they’re
Cinematic Scotland's first two big projects are a cinematic
trail of Edinburgh, created in partnership with the National
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
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
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
more frequent updates on Twitter?
We've also recently partnered with the Cinema
being run by the Glasgow Film Theatre, and have just released a
podcast covering a wander down Sauchiehall Street in its Glasgow
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
- find out about the Psychognotic Seance, plus the Burmese
In Bathgate, a new image of
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
Scotland in the 1950s - the Highlands
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
Troon. The decoration in the auditorium had been hidden away for
years, and was surprisingly intact.
We're delighted to be able to make available in an electronic
exclusively and for the first time ever online - the full text of
seminal research work on Edinburgh cinemas - Edinburgh
Theatres, Cinemas and Circuses
1820 - 1963, by George Baird.
More details - and the download - are available
New archive images let
pictures of the
Broadway in Blantyre, the Embassy
Edinburgh, the Gaiety and Grafton
in Glasgow, the Cinema in
Picturedrome in Irvine, the
Town Hall in Lockerbie, and
Central Picture House in Musselburgh.
DHP have announced that they are not going to accept any of the
formal offers that were submitted for the Edinburgh Odeon/New
and are instead going to press on with re-submitting their plans
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
the Council to perform repairs on the building, and ideally
purchase it to allow one of the interested bidders to take the
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
the former Capitol
with a hotel seems likely to go ahead, according to reports in the
Thanks to information from Alex Braid and Bill Dailly,
positive identification for the Unknown
cinema in Dundee as the Electric
Theatre (not to be confused with the Electric
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
the Dumfries Lyceum, Dunoon
Pavilion, Forfar Reid Hall, Haddington
Codona, Leslie Town Hall, and
the Town Hall in Port
New pages/images have also been added
the: Falkirk Grand Theatre,
the Greenock Central,
the Gaiety Theatre in
the Castle in Paisley,
the Pavilion in Perth,
Marine Park Concert Hall
Portobello, and the Electric
Theatre in Stirling.
For Ayr, we've added photos of the Picture
House/Gaumont, the Electric
Playhouse, the Town
Hall, and the former Theatre
sees the Theatre Royal
added, with Aberdeen gaining pages for the Electric
and the Gaeity.
In Dundee, newly added images for the Her
Majesty's / Capitol / Majestic,
the New Hippodrome /
and the Cinema / BB
Finally, two new images have been added to the Unknown
Cinemas page - can you help identify these buildings?? Let
All this also lets us bring our site statistics up to date: we now
1,142 cinemas in the
database, of which we have images of over 780 buildings,
different places around Scotland
Come May 2011, it will be ten years
since this website was started - quite a long time in internet
To get started with that, thanks to the Cinema
Archive, we're able to add a host of new archive images of
not previously shown on this site. The first batch includes new
for: the Ballantrae
Cinema, Blantyre Picture
Theatre, Colmonell Public
Hall, Crail Airds Picture
House, Dysart Memorial Hall, Eastriggs
Carlyle Hall, Forth &
Gatehouse of Fleet Town
and the Nethybridge
Centre - bringing the total of Scottish towns featured on this
More cinemas added to existing pages include: the Town Hall in Aberfeldy,
the New Cinema and
Pavilion in Airdrie, the
Hall in Auchterarder,
Cinema House in Bathgate,
Picture House in Bellshill,
Regal in Bonnyrigg, the
Broughty Ferry, the
Palace in Burntisland,
Pavilion in Carnoustie,
Cinema in Castle Douglas,
the Cinema and Theatre Royal in Coatbridge,
the Playhouse in Couper Angus,
and the Regal in Dalry.
Plenty more to
so stay tuned!
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