Basic Site Details

Name: La Scala Cinema
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: J & A Ogilvie of Aberdeen, cabinetmakers and upholsterers worked with Ednie.

Majestic Cinema subsequently built on same site (see separate entry).

Mr John Fairweather FRIBA 182 Trongate, Glasgow is preparing plans for the reconstruction of La Scala Aberdeen to increase the seating accommodation to 2,700 seats. The owners are Greenís Film Circuit, Glasgow. [builder 1 September 1933, p358]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1La Scala Picture House  

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 1234, Union StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 33 April 1914 Opened 
Item 2 of 31933  Proposed rebuilding
Item 3 of 31935  Closed down and demolished


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 5Clement George A1914  
Item 2 of 5George Sutherland A1914  
Item 3 of 5John Ednie A1914 Interior
Item 4 of 5Sutherland & George A1914  
Item 5 of 5John Fairweather  1933 Proposed rebuilding


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3McKean, Charles1987The Scottish Thirties: An Architectural Introduction Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Pressp194
Item 2 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1926    
Item 3 of Scottish Cinemas website and databaseDatabase accessed February 2006

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen Evening Express22 October 1914   
Item 2 of 4Architect and Building News1933July-Dec p258
Item 3 of 4Architect and Building News1935July-Dec p26
Item 4 of 4Builder1 September 1933  p358

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Sutherland: F no1919 (microfilm reel 16)