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|Opened 5th October 1938, seating
1700. Built for Stirling Cinema & Variety Theatres Ltd.
Designed by Sam Runcie A.R.I.A.S. Glasgow
Later acquired by Caledonian Associated Cinemas in 1969, and twinned (approx 2x300 seats) in 1977 by dividing balcony in half with a false ceiling over front of stalls which are now used for bingo.
Bought in late 1990s by Carlton Bingo who own numerous Bingo halls; this is their only cinema operation. Photo above Courtesy of Alan Bunting
Click here for a picture of the rear of the auditorium.
Click here for some interior pictures, courtesy of Alan Bunting and Hugh Thomson.
Click here from some archive shots from the 60s and 80s, courtesy of Andy Simmonds.
Archive photo of the staff on opening night here, courtesy of Stewart Donaldson.
|The cinema is part of the recent
re-development of The
MacRobert Arts Centre. Main theatre opened in the 1960s; the new
cinema in October 2002.
The main theatre has also had a thorough re-furbishment and remains fully equipped as a cinema so that popular films are still shown in its much larger auditorium.
Both are equipped with the latest Dolby Digital Surround Sound and each has a pair of Century projectors with Strong Super Lume-x lamp housings, the new cinema running with 1600w lamps and the theatre 2kw. The projectors can be run at 18/20/22/24 & 25 fps.
The new cinema, seating 136 has an 8 x 3.5 metre screen (for proper Cinemascope format) with fixed top masking and variable side masking for smaller formats, but no tabs.
The theatre seats 470 and is due to have a brand new screen installed shortly. Its fly tower is visible in the exterior photograph above.
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