Basic Site Details

Name: Palace Cinema
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: At the Edinburgh Dean of Guild Court a warrant has been granted to the Palace (Edinburgh) Limited to erect a cinematographic theatre at 15 Princes Street. The building will be capable of holding about 800 people. There will also be a café. The theatre, which is expected to be ready about the end of October will cost £15,000. The architect is Mr R M Cameron LRIBA of Great King Street Edinburgh. [Building News 18 April 1913 p543]

Opened in December 1913. Closed February 1955 to become part of Woolworth's, and was subsequently demolished.

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 115, Princes StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 424 December 1913 Opened 
Item 2 of 46 February 1953 * Alteration/conversionF W Woolworth & Co Ltd are granted permission by Dean of Guild Court to convert Palace Cinema, restaurant, and shop at 15 Princes St into an extension of their existing and adjoining lock-up shop, at est. cost £76,000 (per Builder, 6 Feb 1953, p256)
Item 3 of 413 March 1953 * Alteration/conversionPlans in hand for conversion (as per 'Event' dated 6 Feb 1953, above)
Item 4 of 45 February 1955  Closed as cinema; later became part of Woolworth's

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 2Robert Macfarlane CameronArchitect 1913  
Item 2 of 2Harold WinbourneArchitect 13 March 1953 * Alterations and additions

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Varga, Susan2007Images of Scotland, Edinburgh New Town Chalford: Tempusp40
Item 2 of Scottish Cinemas website and databaseDatabase accessed April 2006

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder18 April 1913  p461
Item 2 of 4Builder6 February 1953  p256-257
Item 3 of 4Builder13 March 1953  p435
Item 4 of 4Building News18 April 1913  p543