Basic Site Details

Name: Rutland Picture House
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: A new cinema is to be erected in Edinburgh with a seating capacity of 2,800. The new cinema will be built so that there is reserved seating accommodation in certain portions of the house, in addition to a number of private boxes. The screen will be erected in front of a very large stage. A site has been secured in Canning-street adjoining Rutland-square at the West End of Princes Street. [Builder 2 September 1927, p370]

A new company, the Rutland Square Picture House Limited is registered for the purpose of erecting a picture house to seat about 2,500 people. A site has been secured at the junction of Canning-street and Torphichen-street on the west of Rutland-square. Plans are being prepared by the company’s architect. [Builder 23 September 1927 Page 486]

In February 1929, a warrant was granted. for amendments including seven dressing rooms and the enlargement of the stage for vaudeville acts

The cinema was opened in April 1930 with seating for 2,187. It was renamed Gaumont in March 1950 but closed immediately after a fire, in May 1963 and was demolished in 1966.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Gaumont Cinema From March 1950
Item 2 of 2Rutland Cinema  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 14-8, Canning Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11927 Proposed 


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 1Thomas Bowhill GibsonArchitect 1927  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1General Theatres Corporation 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder2 September 1927  p370
Item 2 of 4Builder23 September 1927  p486
Item 3 of 4Builder15 February 1929  p358 - warrant granted for amendments
Item 4 of 4RIBA JournalJanuary 1950v57London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp121 - obituary of Thomas Bowhill Gibson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSRIAS Collection 1 photograph
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Thomas Bowhill Gibson: L no4726 (combined box 5)