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44-46 (EVEN NOS) EAST PORT, ROBINS CINEMALB26015

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
13/06/1992
Local Authority
Fife
Planning Authority
Fife
Burgh
Dunfermline
NGR
NT 9393 87514
Coordinates
309393, 687514

Description

Crawford and Fraser, 1912-13; altered 1980's. 3-storey and basement; 3-bay; principal (S) elevation. Main auditoria block oriented N/S to rear (N). Classical design cinema with Art Deco detailing; pilastered principal elevation with thermal window above entrance canopy. Rendered and painted principal elevation with base course, band course at 2nd floor cill level, frieze decorated with raised diamond pattern and moulded eaves cornice. Architraved windows to principal elevation. Coped gables.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical arrangement. Wide central entrance bay. Steps up to entrance; pair of 2-leaf glazed timber doors with rectangular fanlights; flat canopy decorated with lozenges above; paired Art Deco glazed timber advertising cases mounted to either side. Thermal window above. Low 3-light window to 2nd floor; architrave punctuated by disks along lintel at junction with vertical members. Low basement windows, one to each of flanking outer bays. Tall round-arched stair window above to each side; architrave punctuated by disk motifs at springing points; oval embossed panel at base of cill and flanking outer panels with guttae below. Bays divided by tetrastyle arrangement of pilasters; disk motif set within cross as capital; flanking pendant bell-shaped beading. Harled shouldered gable end (formerly with lunette) set back.

Timber fixed light and casement windows to principal elevation. Leaded glass incorporating blue Art Deco style designs remains to stair windows and part of 2nd floor window to central bay. Grey slate roofs.

INTERIOR: remodelled when converted to 3 smaller auditoria in 1980's, (see notes).

Statement of Special Interest

An early purpose-built Art Deco cinema which is an important part of the streetscape. The only comparable examples of surviving early purpose-built cinemas were also built in 1913 - the Salon in Glasgow (by Baird and Lithgow) and the Picture House in Campbeltown (information from the Scottish Film Archive), both listed. The Cinema Theatre Association Scotland notes that the cinema opened in 1913 and it seated 711. They also note that the interior was removed in 2004 for the building's conversion to a nightclub which has since closed.

References and Notes updated as part of the Cinemas Thematic Study 2007-08.

References

Bibliography

DEAN OF GUILDS records, Dunfermline Council; John Gifford, FIFE, in the 'Buildings of Scotland' series (1988) p193. Further information from Cinema Theatre Association Scotland website at: www.scottishcinemas.org.uk (accessed 28/1/08).

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