A large gallery of archive photographs and postcards of the Green's Playhouse in Dundee have been added, plus copies of some of the original plans for the Vogue in Govan, and Tivoli in Partick, thanks to the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland.

Some archive images of the construction and opening of the former Regent in Aberdeen are also new to the site.

The restoration plans for the former Picture House/Town Hall in Tain are gathering pace, according to the Press and Journal.


A new page for the demolished New Picture House in Edinburgh has been added, with images and plans, plus a new page for Poole's Synod Hall, and some construction images of Poole's Roxy.

Some interesting documents have been added: A copy of a share prospectus for the Britannia / Panopticon Music Hall, a the front cover of the 1923 Cinematograph, Scotland regulations, and some excerpts from a 1919 issue of The Scottish Cinema weekly journal.

All thanks to the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland and the Cinema Theatre Association Archive.

The Database has been updated with new information from Robert Clark.


Update for the Regal, Stirling page, with new archive images of the exterior and interior, plus a scan of the opening night souvenir brochure.

Archive images of the auditorium of the Picture House and Granada in Glasgow have also been added.

New images have been added: Interiors of the Orient in Ayr, the State in Leith, the Gaumont in Perth, the Allanpark in Stirling, and the Rutland / Gaumont and Ritz in Edinburgh. Exteriors of the Kingsway in Galashiels, the Ritz in Linlithgow, the Monseigneur News Theatre in Edinburgh, and the Central in Portobello. A new page has also been added for Stronsay.

Todays updates are all thanks to the Cinema Theatre Association Archive and the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland.


Major update for the Alhambra in Stirling; we now have a detailed history, archive images and plans, as well as a full current photo survey, all thanks to Murray Thomson and Sam Hayward, who also kindly provided new archive images for the Queen's and Regal cinemas in Stirling as well. Thanks also to George Pollock from Arcade Developments for access.
We now have a colour image of the Picture House Stirling as well, thanks to Hugh Thomson, via Alan Bunting.

We also have a fantastic selection of stunning new archive images added today:

The ABC Clydebank, ABC Coatbridge, Regal Dumfries, ABC Dundee, Ritz Edinburgh, Picture House Falkirk, Regal Greenock, ABC Hamilton, ABC Kilmarnock,  ABC Kirkcaldy, Rex Motherwell and Regal Stirling.
Plus in Glasgow the Norwood, Olympia and Waverley.
Many many thanks to dusashenka for permission to reproduce these; be sure to visit his Flickr Page for more fantastic images from elsewhere!

A new page for the demolished Palace cinema on Edinburgh's Princes Street has been added, thanks to Carol McIntyre.

A new page for Aberdour has been added, thanks to a photo from Kenneth Duncan.

In Dundee, we now have better images of the Savoy / Palace,  Plaza and La Scala, thanks to Bruce Murray, plus current interiors of the King's/Gaumont as a nightclub, thanks to 'LesleyC'.

Thanks to 'Silversurfer', we have an interesting addition to the Aberdeen page - a matchbook advertising James F Donald cinemas in the area...

Thanks to Gavin Christie, we have some interior photos of the current state of the former Springvalley cinema in Morningside, Edinburgh.

Recent images of the former cinemas in Banff and Buckie have been added, thanks to Derek Mathieson.

A gallery showing the demolition of the former Palace in Burntisland has been added. Many thanks to Douglas Speirs and Fife Council Archaeology.


The Ayr, Dunfermline, Elgin, Falkirk, Greenock, Hamilton, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Kirkcaldy, Leith, Paisley, Perth, Portobello, Stirling and Wishaw pages have all been upgraded to the new-style thumbnail image layout, with a separate page for each individual cinema added where necessary. If you spot any broken links, please let us know!

The former Regal, Bathgate has been upgraded to a Category B listed building by Historic Scotland (it was formerly Category C(s)).

The planning application to demolish the remaining facade of the B-listed former La Scala in Hamilton has been passed by South Lanarkshire Council; the committee reports are here and here; there was press coverage was in the Hamilton Advertiser and Evening Times.

There's an application (08/00465/FUL) for change-of-use to convert the former King's cinema in Montrose to a lounge bar from a bingo hall; oddly Gala's website still lists it as being open.

The application to demolish the auditorium of the former State, Leith was passed earlier in the year by Edinburgh City Council.

Radio 4's Making History program has a feature on the former travelling and Palace cinema in Lochwinnoch, including photos, online here. Thanks to Chris Doak for spotting it.

The pipe organ of the former City Hall in Perth is being gifted to Haileybury College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia according to this report.

The UCI Fort Kinnaird in Edinburgh has been demolished, according to Tommy Stuart.

Nairn is to get its very own film festival, held in the former Princess Ballroom, according to The Herald.

A feature on the restoration and re-opening of the Alhambra in Dunfermline is on the Scotsman website here.

A Theatres Trust article on Hippodrome theatres has a heavy slant towards Glasgow, and is reproduced on the Arthur Lloyd website here.

Sam Hayward has a gallery of interior photos of the former Empire, Huddersfield online here.

The Cinema Database has been updated with new information courtesy of Larry McGuire, Robert Clark, Anita Razzell and Dave Stewart.


Three cinemas have just been upgraded by Historic Scotland to Category A listed building status - meaning they are considered to be buildings of national or international importance. The three are :

The Picture House, Campbeltown
(Listing Description)

Playhouse, Edinburgh
(Listing Description)

Hillhead Picture Salon, Glasgow
(Listing Description)

Additionally, the former Green's Playhouse in Ayr has also been upgraded to Category B (it was formerly Category C(s), as has the former Central in Leith.

The former Arrow cinema in Wishaw has now been demolished, according to David McNay.

The planning application to restore the interior and exterior of the former New Tivoli in Edinburgh has been passed by Edinburgh City Council.

The page for the Edinburgh Playhouse has been updated with lots of detailed information about the history of the building, courtest of Larry McGuire.


The New Picture House in St. Andrews has just been listed Category B by Historic Scotland.

The GFT are having a public meeting on June 29th to discuss their plans to set up a network of 6 - 8 local digital cinemas in the west of Scotland. More details here.


Three cinemas have just been newly listed by Historic Scotland; these are the Riddrie, in Glasgow (Category B), the Regal/Vogue in Lanark (Category C(s)), and the Pavilion in Bathgate (Category C(s)).

The planning application to remove the raked floor and stage, and insert glazed windows in the side wall of the former Regal, Broughty Ferry has been passed by Dundee City Council, who felt that "the removal of the raked floor and stage are not considered to impact upon the character of the building".

A new planning application to improve the toilet facilities at the Cameo in Edinburgh is currently being considered by Edinburgh City Council (08/01457/LBC).

Dunfermline's Alhambra Theatre is now open for business and hosting several live shows; details on the TicketMaster website here.

AllMediaScotland reports that the Glasgow Film Theatre has had a record year in terms of admissions.

Work has started on a new free-standing glass extension to the Waverley Tea Rooms/Tusk in the Category A-listed former Waverley cinema, Glasgow.

Glasgow's Lyceum cinema in Govan is part of the new Govan Conservation Area, and also falls under the Govan Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Carlton Bingo sold its Edinburgh New Tivoli to the Destiny Church for £900,000, and its Grangemouth La Scala to Cabri (Three) for £450,000, according to the Scotsman Business. The consultation plans for the latter building - proposals to entirely demolish it - can be seen on the Falkirk Council website here.

Responding to all the recent closures, a new page of Lost Bingo Halls has been set up by the Playing Bingo website.

Images of the rebuilding work going on at the former ABC Falkirk can be seen here, thanks to Sam Hayward.

A online discussion forum here claims that John Lennon used to frequent the New Tivoli in Edinburgh...

The former Springvalley cinema in Morningside, Edinburgh is up for sale - details here - and some of its history, and that of the interesting mini-western town at the back of it, can be found on this blog.

Plans to demolish the C(s)-listed former Broadway, Prestwick for a hotel have been rejected by South Ayrshire Council.

The Scotsman reports that controversial plans for 'Mareel' - a large new arts venue in Lerwick, Shetland, which is to incorporate a cinema, are being discussed by councillors.

's Palace cinema has now been totally demolished, as demolition work is all but complete on the site; as reported in the Fife Free Press (thanks to Ian Grant).

The bingo in the former Cinema De Luxe in Denny has closed, according to a discussion thread here.

An excellent resource on Theatres in Scotland is the Arthur Lloyd site, which comes highly recommended...

The Pitt Family website has a rare photograph of cinema magnate JB Milne here. Thanks to Donald Kirkbryde for finding it!

Further afield, a new gallery of images from a CTA cinema tour from in and around Nottingham can be seen here.


A new photo survey of the former New Tivoli, Edinburgh has been added, thanks to the kind co-operation of its new owners, the Destiny Church group.

A gallery of photos taken of the projection suite of the Carlton Allanpark, Stirling, taken on its closing weekend have been kindly provided by Pete Naples.

Several new archive images of the New Savoy, Glasgow have been added, thanks to Frank Watson, plus an interior of the both of the Vogue/Odeon Dundee from 1945.

Further coverage of the proposals for the former Ritz/Victoria Hall, Linlithgow, can be seen here, plus news coverage of the former Odeon/New Victoria Edinburgh in the Scotsman here. The Evening Times reports that a bad fire severely damaged the former Centre Cinema, Barrhead.


More Glasgow updates: images of the projectors and organs of the ABC Regal, Paramount/Odeon, Gaumont and Tivoli Partick, thanks to Frank Watson, images of the former New Bedford and Ascot as bingo halls, plus archive interior shots of the former La Scala, thanks to the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland.
We also have new image galleries for the King's and Theatre Royal in Glasgow, plus updated photos of the Pavilion and Tron exteriors.

In news, the Scotsman reports on new plans for a new, underground version of the Edinburgh Filmhouse here, with an artists impression here, and there is a description of a plan to rebuild and refurbish the former Victoria Hall in Linlithgow here.
The Evening Times has picked up on the story of a potential new cinema in Glasgow's southside; details here.


A selection of updates for Glasgow, including new interior images of the King's, Bridgeton, thanks to Sam Hayward & Murray Thomson, a new gallery of exterior photos of the Riddrie cinema, a new image of the Cineworld at sunrise, an image of the 'Merry Magnets' at the Dalmarnock Picture House, the original entrance of the Grosvenor, an image of the organ of the BB Cinerama / Odeon Eglinton Toll, thanks to Frank Watson / SCOT, and a better copy of the exterior of the Scotts Anfield Electric, thanks to Mark Nixon of Glasgow Culture & Sport, plus a new image of the New Kent.


A demolition order has been issued for the former Palace cinema in Burntisland, as 23 years after the building was gutted by a fire, it is apparently now a danger to public safety.
One positive outcome is that one of the original metal-framed, stained glass windows - featuring the prancing deer logo of the cinema - has been rescued thanks to Fife council's archaeology department, and the local Building Heritage Trust. Images of the newly-rescued window can be seen here, thanks to Douglas Speirs.

A new gallery of current interior pictures of the former Caley, Edinburgh have been added, thanks to Pete Naples. Also in Edinburgh, we've added a page for the Central Halls, new images of the Cameo and Dominion, and thanks to Alistair Kerr, new images of the Playhouse and Tudor.

Some better images of the demolition work at the Hamilton La Scala have been added, thanks to Sam Hayward & Murray Thomson, and more images of the demolition of Aberdeen's City Cinema, thanks to Jim Brooks. He's also provided two new archive images of the building.

A new image of the side entrance to the former ABC Falkirk has been added, plus new images of the exterior of the ABC Kirkcaldy, and the former Regal in Kinghorn.

Thanks to Frank Watson and the Scottish Cinema Organ Trust, we have added some archive images of the organ of the Capitol, Aberdeen, and the Paisley Picture House, plus in Edinburgh the New Victoria, Rutland and Astoria.

The database information for New Cumnock has been updated, thanks to Robert Guthrie and Stephen Kennedy.

Sam Hayward has a gallery of images of the interior of the Stirling Alhambra online here.


Stirling's Carlton / Allanpark Cinema will close on 20th April, a victim of reduced business since the new Vue cinema opened nearby. Bingo will continue in the building however. Thanks to Alan Bunting for the information.

Archive images c.1977 have been added courtesy of Alistair Kerr for the Palace, Rosyth, the Playhouse, Peebles, the Troxy in Leven, the Regal in Armadale, the Playhouse in Dalkeith and the the Pavilion and Regal in Girvan.
A colour image of the Regal, Pitlochry c.1981 has also been added, thanks to Jim Brooks.

A new page for Bishopbriggs has been added, thanks to Raymond Orkonski providing images of the Kenmure cinema there.

David Low has provided images of a projector from the cinema run in the Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff, as well as images of the old and new Town Halls in Elgin. He's also added a couple of new images to the Military Cinemas page.

A new image of an old postcard of the Odeon Ayr has been added, as has an updated image for the Hillfoot Picture House, Alva.

Mark Zimmerman has kindly provided an image of the building that actually was the Sackville in Dublin, to replace our incorrectly located photo!


Updates for the page for Grangemouth, with new images of the Empire Electric Theatre / La Scala there, plus an archive image from 1977, courtesy of Alistair Kerr.

Kevin Phelan has kindly provided an image of the original frontage of the Picture House in Galston.

A new planning application has been submitted (08/01027/LBC and 08/01027/FUL) for the Cat. B-listed former New Tivoli in Edinburgh, part of its new use as a church. There are plans to replace the doors, remove modern external cladding and refurbish and alter the interior. Details of the plans can be seen here.

The website of the Theatres Trust now has access to their extensive database of theatres; to see all of Scotland's theatres, follow this link.
The Scottish Screen Archive now has a new website at the National Library of Scotland. Scottish Screen have a list of all Scotland's open cinemas, split up by region, on its website here.

The Evening Times reports that the Cineworld in Glasgow city centre had to be evacuated after a power failure on Easter Monday.

New information and photos have been received from (in no particular order): Kenny Duncan, Norrie Mcnamee, David Low, Alistair Kerr, Raymond Okonski, David Robertson, Mary Bradford, Sam Hayward, Murray Thomson, Robert Guthrie, Donald Grant, Marc Zimmerman, and Stephen Kennedy.


The free Southsiders newspaper is reporting that the owners of the Glasgow Grosvenor, the G1 Group, are planning to open a 4-screen cinema in part of the former White Elephant on Glasgow's South Side. Thanks to Norrie McNamee for the details. The Herald also reports [link] that G1 have bought Bonhams - a pub on the site of the original foyer entrance of the Grosvenor, and may intend to reconnect it to the rest of the cinema building.

There's a planning application for change of use for the former Rialto, Airdrie to convert it from bingo use to a restaurant (C/08/00186/FUL). It also transpires the building is listed Category C(s), which we were not previously aware of.

The Falkirk Herald reports [link] that as part of the redevelopment of the town centre, the former La Scala, Grangemouth may be demolished to provide better access to an Asda superstore. It is one of only 10 listed buildings in the entire town....

The B-listed former Caley cinema, Edinburgh, has been bought by the Mama group, who intend to turn it into a live music venue.

The Edinburgh Gig Archive is an excellent site, and features many former cinemas in their guises as live music venues...

The Picture House in Galston has now been demolished, according to the comments here.

A new planning application to further alter the Regal in Broughty Ferry, involving removing the stalls rake and stage, and setting new glass windows in the side wall, has been lodged with Dundee City Council. Details here.

The Vue in Inverness was ram-raided and a cash-machine stolen, according to the Inverness Courier!

Updated information on the Lundin Links cinema, thanks to Jean Goodwillie.

There are a lot of photos of inside the disused Odeon at the Stack, Lochee, Dundee on the 28 Days Later website, showing the mural, and some of the old equipment and light fittings that were on display in the foyer still in place...


The Grosvenor should re-open today at 6pm, according to The List.


A fire that started earlier today in the restaurant next door has closed the Grosvenor in Glasgow's Ashton Lane; the level of damage is not yet known. Initial coverage in The Herald, some photos here, more details on the BBC News website, which says the roof of the Loft - the original 1920s ceiling of the Grosvenor - has partially collapsed...[later found not to be the case thankfully!]. The Evening Times also now has more.

Glasgow's Cineworld was also evacuated earlier this week due to an electrical fault.

New, detailed writeups have been added for the pages of the Ayr Odeon, the Ayr Playhouse, the Playhouse in Elgin, the Regal and Pavilion in Bathgate, and the Edinburgh Playhouse.


An archive image of the Regal in Tarbert has been added, thanks to Margaret Smith.

Alan Bunting has kindly provided an image of the new Vue Multiplex in Stirling, which opened in January 2008. Colin Shearer has also provided a gallery of interior and behind the scenes images of the Allanpark in Stirling.

In Hamilton, we have images of the demolition of the auditorium of the La Scala / Vogue, and up to date pictures of the Victoria / Granada / Playhouse, also currently under threat of demolition for housing.


New archive images of the New Tivoli and Caley cinemas in Edinburgh have been added, thanks to the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland.


A gallery of the newly refurbished A-listed Hippodrome in Bo'Ness has been added, on the occaison of its official handover to Falkirk Council, who will soon be re-opening the building to the public as a cinema.

This has also been covered on the BBC News and the Linlithgow Gazette.

A short season of films is being shown at the Salon in Hillhead, Glasgow (now a bar/restaurant) during February and March at 8pm Monday-Thursday, and 3pm at weekends. Entry is free. Thanks to Graham Kelly for the information.

A list of Scottish cinemas featured on the international gazetter of cinemas at Cinema Treasures can be found here.


New images have been added for the Playhouse, Thornill in Dundee, the Tollcross cinema in Edinburgh, and the Pavilion Johnstone, thanks to the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland.

An archive image of the original frontage of the Crosshill Picture House in Glasgow has been added, thanks to Emma Mykytyn.


A new 1950s image of the Victory in Portobello has been added, thanks to Archie Foley.

New pages have been added for KilwinningLesmahagow, Mossend, Prestonpans, Renton, and West Calder.
New archive images have also been added for the Picture House, Gourock, the Pavilion, Greenock, the Tower and Plaza in Helensburgh, the Plaza and Empire in Kilmarnock, the Picture House Kinross, the Rio, Kirkcaldy, the Regal, Kirkconnel, the Picture House, Lanark, the Grand Central, Larkhall, the Beach Hall and Jubilee, Leven, the New Cinema and Pavilion in Motherwell, an interior of the Rex, Newmilns, Alexandra, La Scala, Astoria and Paisley Theatre in Paisley, the Moorpark in Renfrew, the Cinema de Luxe in Rothesay, the Electric Picture Palace, Green's and the Rio in Rutherglen, the Regal Shotts, Cinema de Luxe, Stevenston, the Olympia, Stirling, the Avondale in Strathaven, and the Picture House in Wishaw.

A new planning application has been submitted to Edinburgh City Council for the former New Victoria / Odeon in Clerk Street. The new plans involve retaining and restoring the facade and foyer spaces, but the stripping out of the entire auditorium interior to allow construction of a new courtyard and hotel within the brick shell.
The application documents can be viewed here, there has also been local news coverage of the application in the Scotsman and the Evening News. Public comments on the application are welcomed until 22nd February.

New images of the sites of several old Edinburgh cinemas have been added, including the Waverley, Infirmary Street, and the Roxburgh, Drummond/Roxburgh Street.

New images of the Kinema, as well as the Oxford and Astor in Springburn in Glasgow have been added, thanks to the Old Springburn website, via Norrie Mcnamee.

Interior photos of the Robins Cinema, Dunfermline, when it closed as a cinema, have been added courtesy of Bobby Nicholson, via Pete Naples.

A new picture of the interior of the Picture House, Thurso, and an updated shot of the burnt-out shell of the Pavilion, Wick, courtesy of Darren Manson, have been added, plus a new image of the All Star Factory, Thurso, courtesy of John McRae.
There is also a new gallery of interior photos of the Picture House, Tain on the Cinema for Thurso website here.

A new image of the City Hall, Perth, has been added, thanks to Fiona, plus a new page for Forteviot, Perthshire, thanks to an image of the Village Hall there from Frank Haughey, via Norrie Mcnamee.

A new website has been created by Alex Cooper - covering information and resources on aspects of technical cinema and theatre equipment - which can be found at

In early January, a small electrical fire took hold in one of the projection rooms of the Edinburgh Filmhouse, leading to Screen 1 being out of action for around a week, although little permanent damage seems to have resulted. Coverage on Talk107's website here.

New information about the Rex, Newmilns, added to the database thanks to Jim Mitchell.

The Webster Theatre in Arbroath has reopened after a £4m refurbishment. Coverage on the BBC News website here.

A new Vue multiplex opened in Stirling on Friday 25th January, featuring 8 screens, some of which will have balconies. Coverage can be seen on the BBC News website here. The Vue website for the new cinema is here.

The Dominion cinema in Edinburgh, still run by the Cameron family that built it, is celebrating its 70th birthday on January 31st this year. Details in the Evening News, plus details about the cinema potentially looking to fit an additional screen into the building here.

Finally, thanks to the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland, we've been able to add a copy of the souvenir opening brochure for the Commodore, Scotstoun, Glasgow.

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