Help Wanted

This list includes all known cinemas in Scotland that are not already either covered on the main part of the site, or not known to have been demolished at the present time.
It far from accurate or exhaustive, having been put together from many different sources of varying reliability.

I would welcome anyone with information about any cinemas on this list - or any cinemas omitted from the list - to get in touch.
I would especially welcome more details as to current usage and addresses for the more vague entries, and corrections as to things that are just plain incorrect or nonsense!

Many thanks for your input in advance!
Gordon Barr

Click here to display a list of demolished cinemas we'd like photos or information of.

Town Name Address Status

Aberdeen Savoy 49, Huntly Street Other
o. 8.7.12 in former Albert Hall. Date of closure unknown, but certainly during silent era. Seems to have been a car showroom by 1923. Redeveloped, 1990.

Aberlour Fleming Hall / Picture House

Aboyne Victory Hall

Addiewell Picture House

Alexandria Empire

Alford Glen

Alloa V.B. Palace/Picturedrome/Central High Street Other
o. c. 1912 as full-time cinema by Leslie Lynn in former Corn Exchange of 1862 (earlier cinema shows). Also known as VP Palace. s. c.800. Lease passed to Green's, c. 1915. Returned to Lynn, 1924. Destroyed by fire, 3.25. Rebuilt, renamed, o. 9.1.26. s. 950. Cl. 1962. Now Mackay's clothes shop.

Alness Picture House

Annan Picture House

Annbank Kingsway

Ardrossan Crown Picture Palace

Ardrossan Winter Cinema
HGKemp s.400

Armadale Empire Palace Theatre
An early cinema.

Ayr Atlanta Picture House Prestwick Road

Ayr La Scala Boswell Park

Ayr Newton Picture Palace Main Street
v. early - cl. 1910.

Ayr Palace

Ayr Queen's Picturedrome

Ayton Ayton Hall Cinema

Baillieston Pavilion Picture House Main Street
Opened 1913, seating 560.

Baillieston Rio Main Street/Muirside Road Unbuilt
Never built due to outbreak of war. Application to build 1202 seat cinema made in May 1939. T. Bowhill Gibson ?

Balfron Cinema

Banchory Glen Cinema

Banknock Banknock Picture Palace

Bannockburn Miners Welfare Hall

Bannockburn Town Hall

Bellshill Biggar (Lanark) Cinema Town Hall

Bervie Bervie Cinema

Blackridge Cinema

Blantyre Olympia
A former music hall converted into cinema around WWI.

Bo'ness Barony Film Society
In old primary school

Bo'ness Electric Theatre 23, Seaview Place
Operating c. 1910 beside or within Clydesdale Hotel building (some-time Burgh Hall?). Photo in RCAHMS.

Bo'Ness Pavilion Grangepans

Bo'Ness Town Hall Cinema

Bonnyrigg Empire Theatre

Braemar Village Hall

Brechin Cinema Montrose Street
An early cinema.

Bridge of Allan Museum Hall

Brodick Cinema

Brora Drill Hall

Buckie (Picture) Palace
1005 seats; ABKing

Buckie Fisherman's Hall Cinema

Burnbank Picture House

Cambuslang Co-Op Hall

Cambuslang Premier Pictures

Cambuslang Rink MillerStreet

Camelon Co-op Cinema/Picture House/Kopp
o. 1915/16 by Falkirk & District Co-op in their hall. Leased to R Pennycook, renamed, 1922. Leased to W Young, 1924. Called Kopp Cinema in trade books at this time. Cl. c. 1930.

Carnwath Ritz Main St

Cartsdyke Cinema Ratho Street Unbuilt?
o. 1937. Arch. McNair and Elder for ABC. May never have been built.

Cleland Picture Palace

Coalburn Picture House
o. pre-1921 by Mr James Shanks. Closed 1939.

Coldstream Town Hall Cinema High Street

Comrie Public Hall

Connel Park Afton Cinema Main Road

Cowdenbeath Arcade / Slora's Cinema High Street
Early cinema. Burnt down, 1954. Originally a theatre; accessed through an arcade.

Crieff Cinema High Street
On site of Co-operative hall; few doors to west of High St cinem

Crossgates Picturedrome

Culter Glen High Street

Cumbernauld Bradford Cinema

Cupar Boston Hall Picture House

Cupar Central

Dalbeattie Electric Theatre

Dalkeith Burgh Hall

Dalkeith Corn Exchange High Street

Dalry Burgh Hall

Dornoch Cathedral Hall
16mm only

Douglas (Lanark) Miners' Welfare Cinema Gasworks Rd

Dreghorn Pavilion

Dundee Empress Playhouse Erskine Street
Short-lived small cinema, c. 1928-32.

Dundee Glebe Picture Theatre / Edenbank Watson Street
o. 1912. Renamed, 1914. Cl. 1922 (Same building as the Royalty Kinema?)

Dunoon Queen's Hall Pier Road

Duns Drill Hall

Earlston Corn Exchange Cinema

East Kilbride Arts Centre Old Coach Road
Film shows on Saturday mornings in the 1960s; Bell & Howell 16mm Projectors

Edinburgh Cinema Sighthill
Built by Captain Cameron, later of the Dominion

Edinburgh Laurieston Hall
Occasional film shows.

Edinburgh Palladium 36 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge
Licence granted July 1913. Conversion of dancing hall.

Edinburgh People's Picture House 19 (17?) Blackfriars Street
Conversion of existing building

Edinburgh Strand Raeburn Place, Stockbridge
Opp. Palladium.

Embo (Sutherland) Village Hall

Errol Victoria Cinema

Falkirk FTH Falkirk Town Hall Arts Centre West Bridge Street
open, 626 seats

Falkirk Hippodrome Hope Street ?
o. 1911 by Th. & Ent. Dev. Syndicate (London) in old ice rink (some kind of portable shed). Cl. ? Back to skating rink, then moved to Camelon Rd for use as timber yard store.

Falkirk La Scala Newmarket Street
o. 1922 by R Pennycook in Town Hall. (Film seasons from 1913). Cl. c. early 20s for live theatre.

Fauldhouse Palace Th

Fort George Garrison Th

Foyers Bungalow

Galashiels Scotts Empire

Galston Empire

Gartcosh Picture Palace

Glasgow Medicinema Yorkhill Hopsital
Medicinema in old lecture theatre. Due for opening early 2007. Kinoton FP25D, Dolby CP650 for SR.D sound, as well as video projection, teleconferencing, and 35mm slides.

Glencraig Peoples PP / Star

Gorebridge Cinema
Had one cinema.

Gourock Kursaal Pierhead
Shortlived cinema

Grangemouth Cinema Lumbley Street
1939; AG Macdonald. Details from DSA.

Greenlaw New Palace Centre

Gretna HM Factory Cinema

Hamilton Cinema House Church Street

Harthill Miners Welfare Hall Main Street
In 1930,the Miner's Welfare constructed a 152 seat gallery and projection suite at the Institute,to the design of Architects Cowie and Millar,to give a total seating capacity of 640.This improvement was doubtless influenced by the destruction by fire,that same year,of the Harthill Picture Palace.

Hawick Hawick Little Theatre 8 Croft Road Cinema
Film shows during winter months.

Helmsdale Drill Hall

Inchkeith Picture Palace

Insch Adbn Glen / Star (Public Hall) Commerce St)

Inverness Music Hall / Kings Union Street
Originally Methodist Church. Burnt down early 1960s.

Inverness Prince Edward 6, Queensgate ?
o. c. 1913. Short-lived, possibly in shop-front. Llittle else known.

Inverurie Picture Palace

Irvine Empire

Irvine Palace Bridgegate

Isle of Arran Public Hall Cinema Whiting Bay

Isle of Arran Public Hall Cinema Lamlash
Town Hall; 2 nights per week film shows

Isle of Arran Public Hall Cinema Brodick
Town Hall; 2 nights per week film shows

Johnstone Town Hall Cinema

Keith Picture House

Keith Picture Palace Mid Street
Predated the Playhouse. o.1926. Now auction house.

Kelso Cinema Union Street
o. 11.17 in former 'Tin Kirk'. S.220. Cl. early 30s.

Kelty Cinema
o. 1920s.

Kilbowie New Kinema

Kilmarnock Scotia / Imperial Picture House / Savoy Union Street
o. 3.20 by Scotia Picture House in vastly-altered Meal Market. S. 680. Sold to McLean & Pollin (Paisley), revamped, renamed, 1926. Sold to H Maitles (Glasgow), renovated, renamed, c.1946. Dance hall from c. 1954. Cl. 1959.

Kilsyth Victoria Hall

Kilwinning Pavilion

Kilwinning Picture House Almswell Road

Kincardine-on-Forth Cinema House

Kirkcaldy Corn Exchange / New Pavilion Market Street
Corn Exchange used as venue for Poole's Myriorama. Rebuilt 1909. Later JJ Bennell's. c.c.1920s

Kirkcaldy Picturedrome Sands Road, nr. Tiel Burn
Closed by 1915. George Green venue?

Kirkcudbright Picture House St Cuthbert St

Kirkintilloch Town Hall
Film shows until 1920s. S.1200

Kirkmuirhall Orcadia Cinema

Kirkwall New Phoenix Muddisdale Road Cinema
o. c.1998 in Pickaquoy Centre as replacement for old Pheonix. s. 240

Kirriemuir McIndoe's Picture Show / Cinema Morrison Street
o. 1913. Cl. 1919. Same cinema as McIndoe's. Appears to have been at least semi-permament - it had a manager who was poached by Carnoustie Pavilion - but was this in its own building or a rented hall?

Ladybank Picture House Commercial Road

Lamlash (Arran) Cinema

Larkhall PH Public Hall

Leith Imperial Picture House Storrie's Alley
o. 22.4.11. Closed by c. 1917. Little else known.

Lesmahagow Glebe Langdykeside
o. 1937. S.633. Open in mid 1960s. Destroyed by fire, 1960s.

Leven Cinema
Arch. Charles Campbell

Linlithgow Film Society Burgh Halls

Linlithgow Hippodrome

Linlithgow Scott's Royal Theatre

Linlithgow Town Hall Cinema

Lochore Star Th

Lockerbie Annandale Cinema

Lockerbie Town Hall

Longriggend Miners Welfare Institute

Lossiemouth Picture Palace / Hughsons Hall Clifton Road

Lossiemouth Town Hall Cinema High St

Lumphanan Parish Hall

Lybster Lybster Cinema Main Street
7 miles south of Wick

Marr Lodge Cinema
Marr Lodge ballroom built in 1898 for servants of the estate. At some point used as a cinema, then part of a ski school, then sports hall. Largely unchanged since built. Refurbished, c. 1999.

Maxwelltown Picture House

Methil Gaiety Palace High Street
s.1000 (differentfromPalace)

Mid-Calder Star Cinema Mid-Calder Institute

Millport Picture House Cinema, Other
Summer film seasons in town hall. Cl. c. 1998. (?) S.250

Milngavie Burgh Hall Picture House

Moffat Moffat Cinema

Montrose Montrose Picture House Mitchell Centre, George St
o. April 2005.

Montrose Picture Palace Mill Street ?
o.1911, in skating rink. Later Cinema Ho.

Montrose Cinema Mill Street
Cinema in former Knox's UFC of 1892 (united with St Paul's UFC, 1916). Appears not to be same building as the Palace, but this needs clarification. 7.04 - Pastmap says that the building is still in ecclesiastical use. Some mistake somewhere.

Moorpark New Cinema

Moray Public Institute Hall Fochabers

Motherwell Cinema House Brandon Street

Motherwell Civic Centre Windmillhill Street

Motherwell New Century

Neilston Picture House (Glen Halls)

New Cumnock Town Hall
Showed films for a while before permanent cinemas built. Built in 1889. Extant.

Newarthill Picture House

Newburgh Public Hall Cinema High St

Newcastleton Capitol North Hermitage St

Newmains Cinema

Newton Town Hall Cinema

Newtonairds Picture House

Newton-on-Ayr Picture House

Old Cumnock Picture House

Paisley CC Pictures Abbey Close

Peebles Pavilion / Empire Bridgegate
o.c9114. 700s. Damaged by fire 1941; reopened 1943. Cl.01.54

Peebles Burgh Cinema High St
431s. Institution Hall.

Penecuik Scott's Cinema

Penicuik Empire

Perth Corona 108/110 High Street
o. 1.13. Owner Peter Ribbola. Described as very basic. Renamed Cinema House Dec 1919. Closed Feb 1920.

Perth Magnet / La Scala / New Scala 27 Scott Street
o. 1912 by J Currie in purpose built hall - first in Perth?. Renamed 1913. New Scala from 1918. Cl. c. 1927. Now a charity shop.

Peterhead Pavilion

Peterhead Peterhead Community Theatre
Occaisonal film shows

Peterhead Picture House

Polmont Picture House

Portree Aros Cinema Viewfield Road Cinema

Portsoy Cinema Town Hall

Prestwick New Cinema
1922- . In Town Hall

Rothes Cinema
Cinema in church hall; run my Mr Cosmo Stewart (owner of Speyside Cinemas, later sold out to CAC).

Rothesay Empire Theatre

Slamanan Picture House

South Queensferry Daybells Cinema

South Queensferry Empire

Standburn Avon Hall Cinema Public Hall

Stanley Cinema

Stenhousemuir Picture Palace
Stalls sign held by Glasgow Museums.

Stoneyburn Picture Palace

Stoneyburn Welfare Hall Cinema Main St

Stornoway Picture House
From silent era. Owned by Will Mack.

Stranraer Empire Theatre Queen Street

Strichen Glen High Street
[closed in 1953]

Stromness Orkney Town Hall

Stronsay Cinema

Tannochside Pavilion

Tarbert Picture House

Thurso All Star Factory Ormlie Road Cinema
2 screens, 88/152 seats

Thurso New Picture House Town Hall

Tillicoutry Town Hall / Cinema House

Tobermorey Mull Aras Cinema

Uddingston New PH
700s. Closed 1958, originally a public hall. Demolished for extension to Grammar school. The building was originally erected as a public hall, and hosted many performances of local operatic and choral groups. The silent "pictures" were first brought to Uddingston by a Mr White, a plumber, and a Mr Young, an electrician. Later, Mr Lionel Horton took over the hall and renamed the building the Picture House.

Uddingston Town Hall

Walkerburn Cinema

Wilsontown Victoria Picture House

Glasgow Cinema 13 - 17 Hope Street / Argyle Street
Mitchell Library ref 1913/245 - 13-17 Hope St & Argyle St, Caledonian Railway Company, Picture House for T.M. Scotland. Architect: T.M. Scotland.

Glasgow Scottish Film Council Studio Cinema Woodside Place Other
Used since the late fifties . Several Film Societies met in this very comfortable small cinema which had full pre cinemascope facilities.

Edinburgh Broughton High School Theatre Closed
200 seat lecture theatre. Used by film society with 16mm projectors, then from 1983 - 1991 (approx), equipped with 35mm projectors (dating from 1930s & from a Soho preview theatre), plus Cinemeccanica 4x4 long play stand from the Grosvenor in Glasgow. School due to be demolished, current whereabouts of projectors unknown.

Bonnybridge Town Hall Cinema

Cromarty Victoria Hall

Irvine Pavilion Cinema West Road Unbuilt ?
Reference Builder 13 May 1921 Page 635 Reference Scotsman Thursday 7 September 1922 Page 4 IRVINE - At the Dean of Guild Court plans were presented for alterations to be carried out by Mr Albert Strong on billiard rooms in West-road, Irvine, for the purpose of converting them into a picture house capable of accommodating about 1,000 people. The estimated cost of the alterations is £2,200. [Builder 13 May 1921 Page 635] PROPERTY MARKET: GLASGOW Out of nine properties exposed at the weekly Glasgow market in the Faculty Hall yesterday, three were sold all at substantial advances on the upset prices ........ Irvine, West Road. Pavilion Picture House. No Feu Duty, upset price £1,500. Realised £1,600 [Scotsman Thursday 7 September 1922 Page 4]

Kirkcaldy Imperial St. Georges Road

Galashiels Volunteer Hall / Scott's Empire St John Street
Recently refurbished ?

Rosyth Naval Cinema

Pitlochry Public Hall

Buckhaven Free Gardner's Hall

Girvan Assembly

Kilbirnie Scott's Empire
Pic (converted from Church) in Tony Moss Collection. Could be somewhere else mislabled?

Key to Status Field:
+ Noteworthy architecture.
1 Intact (not divided, most of its original fittings)
2 Little changed (original auditorium, but new decoration and fittings. Façade intact)
3 Changed (façade or auditorium divided or remodelled and few original fittings, but still recognisable).
4 Greatly changed (façade altered; interior bears no relation to its original plan or decoration. May be unrecognisable)
5 Remaining only in part (façade or auditorium demolished)