Jacey Cinema

131 Princes Street,
Edinburgh, EH2 4AH

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Jacey Cinema

The Princes Cinema opened 28th September 1912. It was designed by architect R.M. Cameron. On the first floor level was located a cafe and a smoking lounge. The Princes Cinema was closed on 4th November 1935.

By 1937 it had re-opened as the Monseigneur News Theatre. After the end of production of cinema newsreels in the late-1950’s, the Monseigneur went over to screening ‘Continental’ films. In 1964 it was taken over by the Birmingham based Jacey Cinemas circuit and was re-named Jacey Cinema, still screening sexually explicit ‘Continental’ films.

The Jacey Cinema closed in June 1973 and was converted into retail use, eventually becoming a a Gap clothing store. They moved out of the building in 2011.

On 20th February 1985, Historic Scotland designated the Jacey Cinema a Grade B Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian on October 27, 2011 at 4:32 am

The Gap store moved in 2011 and the building has been “refurbished” and awaiting a new tenant. All traces of the interior of the cinema have been stripped with the exception of a fragment of plaster dado on a former staircase on a side wall.


jncohen on June 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm

This cinema (amongst others) was owned by my family business Jacey Cinemas Ltd. that no longer exists. Anyone interested in learning more can find my webpage devoted to the ‘History of the Jacey Group’ that included Jacey Cinemas, this was created by my late Grandfather Joseph Cohen (I am the last surviving Director) Please have a look at my website: – http://www.jncohen.net/JaceyGroup/JosephCohen.htm

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