Basic Site Details

Name: Union Street Electric Theatre
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: This building must be the smaller picture house which was replaced in 1932-3 by the building designed by A Marshall Mackenzie.

The Aberdeen Picture Palaces Limited are proposing to reconstruct the Electric Theatre to provide accommodation for 2,000 people at an estimated cost of 60,000 [Builder 11 March 1927]

The Electric Theatre 431 Union-street is too be rebuilt. The new hall will seat over 2,000 and it is estimated that the reconstruction and re-equipment will cost from 60,000 to 70,000. The Aberdeen Picture Palaces Limited, 3 King-street are the owners
[Builder 15 April 1927, p627]

It is learnt that plans have been passed to enlarge the Electric Theatre, Union-street, Aberdeen to seat 2,300. The proprietors are Aberdeen Picture Palaces Limited, 2 West Craibstone-street, Aberdeen [Builder 18 December 1931, p1021]

See Capitol Cinema for later replacement cinema

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Capitol Cinema Later

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 1431, Union StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 319201921 Alterations
Item 2 of 31927 ReconstructionChinese theme auditorium inserted
Item 3 of 316 April 1932 Destruction/demolitionDemolished for building of Capitol


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 1George Bennett MitchellArchitect 19201921Alterations


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Aberdeen Picture Palaces Limited1927 work
Item 2 of 2McKenzie, Bruce1920 work


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder11 March 1927   
Item 2 of 3Builder15 April 1927  p627
Item 3 of 3Builder18 December 1931  p1021

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Aberdeen City ArchivesGeorge Bennett Mitchell and Son Collection GBM/1920/4/1-7
Item 2 of 2Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009