Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 24765 73255
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,, (2008).

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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