Basic Site Details

Name: Grand Central Picture House, 286 George Street
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The Aberdeen magistrates have approved plans for extensions to the Grand Central Picture House. The proprietor, Mr J F Donald has taken over the property at 296-300 George-street, which adjoins his present cinema hall, with the intention of increasing the seating accommodation to hold 1,339 people instead of 750 as at present. [Builder 8 April 1927]

Database Grand Central 286, George Street Aberdeen o. 3.4.22 by Donald's in former store. s. 730. Reconstructed and extended, o. 30.12.29. Arch. George Watt. s. 1,640.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Shop  
Item 2 of 2Cinema  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1286, George StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 48 February 1894  Plans for alterations passed
Item 2 of 41922 Alteration/conversionGrand Central Cinema created in former draper's shop.
Item 3 of 41927 Reconstruction 
Item 4 of 430 December 1929 OpenedAfter reconstruction


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 4Alexander EllisArchitectA1894 Alterations
Item 2 of 4Ellis & WilsonArchitectural practiceA1894 Alterations
Item 3 of 4Robert Gordon Wilson (senior)ArchitectA1894 Alterations
Item 4 of 4George WattArchitectB1927 Reconstruction


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Donaldson, James, Draper 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder8 April 1927  p586

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Aberdeen City Archives (Copy in Public Library)Aberdeen Plans Committee Minutes Plans passed 8 February 1894
Item 2 of 2Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009