Rialto Cinema

1 Gray's Lane, Lochee,
Dundee, DD2 3NA

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Located in Lochee, a suburb to the south-west of Dundee. The Rialto Cinema opened in 1928 and closed as cinema in 1962. Later used for bingo but currently closed.

It has a Mexican style exterior with an Atmospheric style interior with a Chinese theme. On 12th March 1993, Historic Scotland designated the Rialto Cinema a Grade B Listed building.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

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KenRoe
KenRoe on September 30, 2005 at 7:33 am

Seating at the Rialto Cinema, Lochee (a western suburb of Dundee) was arranged in a stadium configuration, with a raised section at the rear and no overhanging circle. It had a barrel-vailted ceiling in the auditorium and the proscenium opening was 32 feet wide.

KenRoe
KenRoe on September 30, 2005 at 7:47 am

It is a Listed Grade B building. Unusual internal features were:– the orchestra sat on a garden bridge (now missing), the exterior of the projection booth was shaped like a Chinaman, with the projection beams coming out the two slanted eyes!

The auditorium walls were decorated in the manner of a ‘Chinese Garden’ with red, black and gold murals painted on the walls. Within the barrel vaulted ceiling were outlines of painted dragons and scrolls (now painted over).

KenRoe
KenRoe on September 30, 2005 at 7:56 am

A recent exterior photograph here:
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garypainter
garypainter on October 14, 2006 at 11:12 am

This building was sold at auction last year, and is apparently undergoing conversion to a children’s play or nursery facility. Recent fire damage, however, appears to have left a hole in the roof. It is not clear what, if any, of the original interior survives.

garypainter
garypainter on November 15, 2007 at 10:33 am

An application was made in spring 2007 to demolish the fire-damaged building, with a separate application made to build flats on the site, which is now little more than a brick shell. The small tower above the entrance has already been partially demolished due to structural concerns. The demolition application appears to have been withdrawn as of Nov 2007, although the council planning website indicates that a new application is pending. It is not clear if this will also involve complete demolition of the remains of the cinema.

Updated exterior pics are now available on the link posted above.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Here is an updated link for the Rialto photos.

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