New Picture House

56-57 Princes Street,
Edinburgh, EH2 2DQ

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Located in Edinburgh city centre. The New Picture House was built inside the Royal Hotel, in a conversion of the hotel banqueting hall. Built for and operated by the Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) chain, the New Picture House was opened on 21st October 1913 with Forbes Robertson in "Hamlet".

It had an elaborate coffered ceiling, and seating was provided in stalls and circle levels, with slips containing seating along the side walls towards the proscenium. The side-walls had oak panels and were hung with tapestry. There was a cafe and tea room off the main foyer, which were decorated in a Louis XVI style. Beneath the foyer was a larger restaurant named the ‘Wedgewood’ which was decorated in an Adam style.

In November 1925, a Hope Jones 2Manual/8Ranks organ, supplied by Wurlitzer, was installed and first played by organist Reginald Foort. PCT were taken over by the Gaumont British Theatres chain in February 1929.

Gaumont closed the New Picture House on 26th May 1951 with Esther Williams in "Pagan Love Song" and Loretta Young in "Cause for Alarm". The entire Royal Hotel building was demolished and a Marks & Spencer’s store and Mount Royal Hotel was built, opening in June 1957. Today it is the Ramada Jarvis Mount Royal Hotel.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

More details and photographs on the New Picture House:
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Two more vintage photographs:
http://www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/1169.html

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