Open Independent Cinemas

Digital technology requires less infrastructure than traditional film presentation, making movie rental much cheaper and more accessible. This has transformed the cinema experience, particularly in rural areas, and independent filmhouses are thriving in Scotland.

There’s an exciting trend at the moment for neighbourhood pop-up cinemas, which by their nature, come and go quickly. It’s a phenomena not unlike the flurry of cinema development during the technological revolution of the early 20th century. Unfortunately it’s not possible for us to keep up with documenting these new venues, but the British Film Institute has a website where you can see a list of current Community Cinemas here:  www.bfi.org.uk/neighbourhoodcinema/find-cinema

Since our focus is on the built heritage of Scottish Cinema Architecture, we only list those that have established premises (though we’re cheating a little bit with The Screen Machine mobile cinema!). Here is a list of such Independent Cinemas, currently open and showing films in Scotland:

 

The Tower Digital Art Centre, Helensburgh

83 Sinclair St, Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, G84 8TR Architect: William Spence (1860)   Listing: B-Listed (1980)   No of Seats: 400 Status: Open and Operational   Opened: 2016  ...
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Screen Machine (Mobile Cinema), Scotland

All over the rural areas of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. But run from Regional Screen Scotland, 20 Forth ...
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Mareel, Lerwick

Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0WQ Architect: Unknown   Listing: None   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and Operational   Opened: 2012   Closed: N/A Official website: www.shetlandarts.org/venues/mareel Other information: Home of ...
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Regal, Bathgate

24-34 North Bridge Street, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 4PS Architect: AD Haxton (JR McKay)   Listing: B-Listed (upgraded from C in ...
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Macrobert Arts Centre and Cinema, Stirling

University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA Architect: Unknown   Listing: None / Unknown   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and Operational  ...
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Pavilion, Galashiels

Market Street, Galashiels, Scottish Borders, TD1 3AF Architect: McNair & Elder?   Listing: None   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and Operational  ...
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Playhouse, Perth

6 Murray Street, Perth, Perth and Kinross, PH1 5PJ Architect: Alexander Cattenach (T Bowhill Gibson as advisor) Listing: B-Listed (1991) ...
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The Birks, Aberfeldy

1 Dunkeld St, Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, PH15 2DA Architect: Unknown Listing: None No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and ...
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New Phoenix, Kirkwall

The Pickaquoy Centre, Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LR Architect: Unknown   Listing: None   No of Seats: 240 Status: Open and Operational ...
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Moray Playhouse, Elgin

High St, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1DJ Architect: Alister G. MacDonald   Listing: None   No of Seats: 1,522 Status: Open and Operational   Opened: ...
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Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Bishops Rd, Inverness, Highland, IV3 5SA Architect: Graham Law and James Dunbar-Nasmith (1976) / Page and Park  (2007) Listing: A-Listed ...
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Medicinema, Glasgow

Royal Hospital for Children, 1345 Govan Road, Govan, Glasgow, G51 4TF Architect: Unick Consulting Listing: None No of Seats: 47 ...
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Panopticon (Tron Cinema), Glasgow

115 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD Architect: Thomas Gildard & Robert H. M. MacFarlane Listing: A-Listed (1977) No of Seats: 800 ...
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Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow

Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ Architect: Unknown Listing: B-Listed (1970) No of Seats: 358 ...
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Grosvenor, Glasgow

24 Ashton Lane (194 Byres Road), Hillhead, Glasgow, G12 8SJ Architect: AV Gardner & Glen Listing: None / Unknown No ...
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Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) / Cosmo, Glasgow

12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB Architect: James McKissack, WJ Anderson   Listing: B-Listed (1988)   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open ...
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CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD Architect: Unknown Listing: A-Listed (1970) No of Seats: CCA 4 is a 74 seat ...
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New Picture House, St. Andrews

117 North St, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AD Architect: Gillespie & Scott   Listing: B-Listed (2008)  No of Seats: Unknown Status: ...
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Kino (Regent), Leven

17-19 Commercial Rd, Leven, Fife, KY8 4LE Architect: Roden & Anderson  Listing: C-Listed (1999)   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and Operational  ...
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Kino (Gala), Glenrothes

2 Church Street, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5ND Architect: Unknown   Listing: None   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and Operational  Opened: 1970s / 2010  ...
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Hippodrome, Bo’ness

10 Hope Street, Bo'ness, Falkirk, EH51 0AA Architect: Matthew Steele / John Taylor   Listing: A-Listed (1979)   No of Seats: 735 ...
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Dominion, Edinburgh

18 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4RT Architect: T Bowhill Gibson   Listing: B-Listed (1993)   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and ...
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Filmhouse, Edinburgh

88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ Architect: Unknown   Listing: B-Listed (1970)   No of Seats: 454 Status: Open and Operational   Opened: 1978  ...
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Corn Exchange / Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

9 Green St, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, KA1 3BN Architect: James Ingram Listing: A-Listed (1980) No of Seats: 500 Status: Open ...
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DCA Contemporary Arts Centre, Dundee

152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY Architect: Richard Murphy Associates   Listing: None   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and Operational   Opened: ...
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Lonsdale, Annan

Moat Road, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, DG12 5DE Architect: Unknown   Listing: None   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and Operational   Opened: ...
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Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries

Mill Road, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, DG2 7BE Architect: Unknown Listing: None / Unknown No of Seats: 69 Status: Open ...
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Theatre Royal / Electric Theatre, Dumfries

Shakespeare Street, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, DG1 2JH Architect: Unknown Listing: B-Listed (1961) No of Seats: 500 Status: Open as ...
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Highland Theatre Cinema, Oban

140 George Street, Oban, Argyll and Bute, PA34 5NX Architect: Unknown   Listing: None   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and ...
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Picture House, Campbeltown

26 Hall Street, Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, PA28 6BU Architect: AV Gardner   Listing: A-Listed (1989)   No of Seats: 640 Status: ...
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Belmont, Aberdeen

49 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB10 1JS Architect: Unknown   Listing: None   No of Seats: Unknown Status: Open and Operational   Opened: ...
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