Birks Cinema

9 Dunkeld Street,
Aberfeldy, PH15 2AA

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The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

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Located in Aberfeldy, Perth & Kinross, at the corner of Dunkeld Street and Chapel Street. The 436-seat Birks Cinema was opened on 3rd July 1939 with Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. The proscenium was 26 feet wide (later widened to 27 feet when CinemaScope was fitted in the 1950’s). It was closed in the early-1980’s after operating as a cinema and part time bingo club for several years.

It was converted into a Family Amusements arcade and snooker club which closed in 2004. The building was put up ‘For Sale’ with possibilities for redevelopment. It was purchased by the Friends of the Birks Cinema in 2009, with plans by architect Robin Baker to restore and renovate the building as a community cinema & cafe.

The Birks Cinema was re-opened on 19th April 2013. Now with a reduced seating capacity for 100, it is equipped with state-of-the-art digital projection including 3D. There is a 64-seat cafe.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

ODEONesque
ODEONesque on July 26, 2013 at 5:13 am

Back on its feet again, that makes a nice change to read on here.

keiths
keiths on November 12, 2013 at 5:24 am

Fantastic… Presumably helped immensely by the advent of digital projection?

popcorn_pete
popcorn_pete on May 25, 2017 at 4:34 pm

The Birks opened on 3 July 1939 and was built for Strathmore Cinemas. According to Internet sources the first film was “Sixty Glorious Years”. It closed in 1982 citing economic reasons. No other sources state it was ever a snooker club although it did have a couple of pool tables presumably from the days of the amusement centre. A “Golden Ticket” event reopened the cinema on the date given with the first public screening a day later. Actor Alan Cumming, who was born in the town, became its patron and “officially” opened the cinema in December 2013. The frontage was originally in Snowcrete.

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