Basic Site Details

Name: West End Cinema
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Notes: To accommodate 1600 people and include restaurant, two tea lounges two auditoriums, writing and smoking rooms, ladies' private rooms, and lifts. To be completed September 1921. It appears to have been proposed to be on the site of the earlier West End (or Albert Hall) cinema in Shandwick Place.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Fine Arts InstituteYes 
Item 2 of 2Methodist MissionYes 

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 1Shandwick PlaceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 124 November 1920  Plans lodged for 'super-cinema'. Old buildings to be acquired and whole rebuilt.


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 1Frank Edward Belcombe BlancArchitect 1920 Plans lodged


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


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of Scottish Cinemas website and databaseDatabase accessed March 2006

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman24 November 1920