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.

Aberfeldy Town Hall

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

Annban Picture House

Annbank Kingsway

Ardrossan Crown Picture Palace

Ardrossan Winter Cinema
HGKemp s.400

Armadale Empire Palace Theatre
An early cinema.

Auchterarder Good Templars' Hall Abbey Road
Showed silents. Cash & Carry after closure, now childrens nursery. Identifiable by concrete platform outside.

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 ?

Falkirk Casino Bainsford
o. 1920s. s. 400. Leased to A Blair, 1929. Later leased to Henry Harris.

Balfron Cinema

Ballantrae New Public Hall
Occasional shows

Banchory Glen Cinema

Banknock Banknock Picture Palace

Bannockburn Miners Welfare Hall

Bannockburn Town Hall

Bathgate New Public Hall
Occasional shows

Bellshill Biggar (Lanark) Cinema Town Hall

Bervie Bervie Cinema

Biggar Biggar Cinema Corn Exchange

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

Bonnybridge Picture House
o.? Owned in 30s by Henry Harris. s. 600. In mid-30s only open on Monday and Saturday.

Bonnyrigg Empire Theatre

Braemar Village Hall

Brechin ? Montrose Street
An early cinema.

Bridge of Allan Museum Hall

Brodick Cinema

Brora Drill Hall

Buckhaven Cinema
Arch. Charles Campbell

Buckie (Picture) Palace
1005 seats; ABKing

Buckie Fisherman's Hall Cinema

Buckie Lyceum East Church St Other, 5
o.before 1914 by James McKay, draper, in McKay's building. Probably only showed silents. Renovated, reopened 20.10.1919. Entrance now DE Shoes.

Bucksburn Argosy Auchmill Road

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.

Castle Douglas Castle Douglas Cinema Queen St
308 seats; 12ft proc

Cleland Pic Palace

Clydebank Pavilion Kilbowie Road

Clydebank Town Hall

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

Coalburn Welfare Cinema Coalburn Road
380s + Dance hall

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

Dalmellington Picture Palace

Dalry Burgh Hall

Dalry Picture House Sharon Street

Dalry Victory New St
600s Pictures & Variety

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?)

Dunfermline Carnegie Hall East Port Cinema
1 screen, s.298

Dunoon Pavilion

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 ? 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.

Edinburgh Theatre Royal Broughton Street
Summer season film shows, 1912 [CJ Phipps, 1884]

Ellon County
Closed 1960s; now furniture store. Largely unaltered.

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

Forth & Wilsontown Tinto

Foyers Bungalow

Galashiels Playhouse

Galashiels Scotts Empire

Galstons.600 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

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

Haddington Cadona 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)

Inverbervie Inverbervie Cinema / Star King 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

Inverurie Town Hall

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

Jedburgh Public Hall The Studio

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 ?
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 Kings U P Road
RCAHMS: St Patrick's RC Church Hall. Conversion of cinema. Arch Reginald Fairley, 1940. Not clear if this is the the date of the cinema or conversion. Could possibly be Playhouse.

Kilsyth Victoria Hall

Kilwinning Pavilion

Kilwinning Picture House Almswell Road

Kincardine-on-Forth Cinema House

Kinglassie Mitchell Hall Main St

Kinlochleven Public Hall / Cinema

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

Kirkcaldy Palladium Gallatown
o.16.02.20, in former church

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

Langholm Buccleuch Hall

Largs Electric Picture Pavilion Other
o. by Bridgend Picture House Co. in side street. Sold to George Palmer, 1946.

Larkhall PH Public Hall