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- Category: B
- Date Added: 14/12/1970
- Local Authority: Edinburgh
- Planning Authority: Edinburgh
- Burgh: Edinburgh
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NT 24765 73255
- Coordinates: 324765, 673255
William Burn (design by David Bryce) 1830-1, alterations by MacGibbon and Ross, 1893. 3-storey, 5-bay symmetrical rectangular-plan classical church, converted to cinema complex. Polished sandstone ashlar, channelled at ground. Base course; voussoirs to ground floor windows and doorways; dividing band course above ground floor; band course at eaves; cornice; balustraded parapet. Architraves to 1st and 2nd floor windows; aprons and cornices to 1st floor windows.
E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: bays to outer right and left form advanced entrances; 2-leaf timber doors; round-arched plate glass fanlights; floors above flanked by giant order pilasters; single pedimented windows to 1st floor; blank rectangular tablets at 2nd floor. Regular fenestration to 3 intermediate bays; round-arched at ground.
16-pane timber sash and case windows to 1st and 2nd floors, with additional 6 panes to ground floor windows. Roof not seen 1997.
INTERIOR: entrance bays open into modern central foyer; rectangular-plan cafeteria and bar to rear; corridor to left at rear leads to Cinemas 2 and 3. Staircases lead up from halls on both sides to U-plan gallery surrounding Cinema 1; 6 original fluted Tower-of-the-Winds columns support a segmental ceiling of 12 panels; stepped stage.
BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: single-storey corniced ashlar walls project to street at outer edges; low ashlar boundary walls to street in alignment with advanced bays; small coped gatepiers flank band of steps to 3 central bays.
Statement of Special Interest
Ecclesiastical building no longer in use as such, formerly listed as Lothian Road Church (Church of Scotland). Converted to cinemaby the Waters Jamieson Partnership (1978-81).
References and notes updated as part of the Cinemas Thematic Study 2007-08.
THE BUILDER 03/06/1882, p668; A H Mitchell THE HISTORY OF LOTHIAN ROAD UNITED FREE CHURCH CONGREGATION (1911); G Hay THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST REFORMATION CHURCHES, (1957), p264; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988), pp26, 39, 45, 255-6, 257; C McKean EDINBURGH: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1992), p56-7; H Colvin A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, (1995), p185. Cinema Theatre Association, www.scottishcinemas.org.uk, (2008).
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