Basic Site Details

Name: Cinematograph House
Town, district or village: Gorgie
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Interim warrant for the demolition of the Tivoli Picture House, Gorgie, to make way for a new picture house has been granted by the Dean of Guild Court to John Robertsonís trustees. It is understood that the new house to be erected will cost £13,000. The new building will seat about 1,400. [Builder 26 May 1933 Page 865]

Plans for the new building to replace the Tivoli Picture House, Gorgie, have been prepared by Messrs James MacKissack and Son 63? West Regent-street, Glasgow. No contracts have been placed yet. [Builder 2 June 933 Page 908]

A main contract for the reconstruction of the Tivoli Picture House (Messrs John MacKissack and Son 68 West Regent-street, Glasgow, architects) has gone to Messrs Robert Rogers and Son Limited South-street Scotstoun Glasgow. [Builder 14 July 1933 Page 77]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Mecca TivoliYes 
Item 2 of 3New Tivoli Picture House  
Item 3 of 3Tivoli 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 152, Gorgie RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31913  Cinematograph House
Item 2 of 31933  Rebuilding incorporating parts of old Cinematograph House
Item 3 of 31 January 1934 OpenedAfter rebuilding


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 5Alexander W CockburnArchitectB1913 Cinematograph House
Item 2 of 5Menzies, Cockburn & JohnsonArchitectural practiceB1913 Cinematograph House
Item 3 of 5William Henry Johnson (junior)ArchitectB1913 Cinematograph House
Item 4 of 5James McKissackArchitectA1933 Rebuilding incorporating parts of old Cinematograph House
Item 5 of 5John McKissack & SonArchitectural practiceA1933 Rebuilding incorporating parts of old Cinematograph House


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Robertson, John1933 work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp508

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder26 May 1933  p865
Item 2 of 3Builder2 June 1933  p908
Item 3 of 3Builder14 July 1933  p77

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 27 February 1913 and 2 February 1933
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register26877