The Picture House

DRD Architects Ltd

The A-listed Picture House in Campbeltown is the oldest purpose-built cinema in Scotland still showing films, with its unique atmospheric decoration. It remains one of the few cinema buildings not to be subdivided, allowing films to be seen from stalls or balcony. It also has never had a name change, something of which the community remain proud. It opened on 26th May 1913 designed by architect AV Gardner, later to design such cinemas as the Grosvenor and the Kelvin, to seat 640 and is is still showing films to this day. There was no proper foyer, the doors being under a single central ticket kiosk open to the elements, protected only by an open-air balcony above. This and the diamond patterned tiled roof over were a source of constant water ingress by the turn of the century. The balcony was sealed with a glazed wall and the roof re-tiled in similar coloured and patterned tiles thanks to a Historic Scotland grant and considerable local support.

Location

The Picture House
Hall Street
Argyll
CAMPBELTOWN PA28 6BU
United Kingdom

Contact

Douglas Read
Architect
design@dignanreaddewar.co.uk

Client

Campbeltown Community Business Ltd nc/o The Picture HousenHall Street nCampbeltown

Completed

2006

Size

396

Categories

  • Arts
  • Commercial
  • Historic