Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 22545 72158
322545, 672158


Chadwick, Watson & Co, Leeds, 1937. Prominent Art Deco former cinema on road junction with bowed corner. Red brick with concrete band courses to base, lintel, sign board cills and double courses to wallhead below attic, concrete surrounds to sign boards and bowed centrepiece; render to rears.

BOWED CORNER: 5-bay full-height bow with 3 openings at ground under fanned canopy, regular fenestration to 1st and 2nd floor offices with dividing pilasters and fluted aprons and fluted lintels to 2nd floor; deep blank wallhead at attic level, stepped to centre. GORGIE ROAD ANDALEXANDER DRIVE: near identical with deeply recessed doors in outer bays (further door to inner bay to Gorgie Road), broad, recessed sign board panels spanning 1st and 2nd floors with cornice and deep banded blocking course, attic floor each with tripartite window to centre.

REAR ELEVATIONS: quasi-pilaster strips delineating wallplane with irregular windows near to street (some blocked) in taller section, lower section extending back with pitched roof. Metal-framed windows with opening central panes surrounded by fixed borders; metal lying- pane glazing to attic windows. Grey slate roof.

INTERIOR: Original interior demolished and redeveloped for shop and flats, 1997.

Statement of Special Interest

The cinema served latterly as a County Bingo hall. The façade makes a significant contribution to the streetscape.

References and notes updated as part of the Cinemes Thematic Study 2007-08.



Gifford, McWilliam & Walker, EDINBURGH (1984), p507.

Cinema Theatre Association, (2008).

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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