Birks Cinema

9 Dunkeld Street,
Aberfeldy, PH15 2AA

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Mike_Blakemore on July 6, 2017 at 10:23 am

David Simpson A good set of pictures :)

DavidSimpson on July 6, 2017 at 7:25 am

I visited this transformed cinema on Friday 23rd June 2017, when I saw “Gifted”, starring Chris Evans and Lindsay Duncan. I was delighted to see how it has been imaginatively converted into a true community asset.

The former auditorium has been divided in half, with almost equal space now devoted to the new auditorium and the café/function space. A mezzanine floor has been inserted above the foyer/bar/café, creating a multi-purpose function area upstairs. Meanwhile, the new auditorium, sideways on from the original, has comfortable, raked seating with four two-seat sofas along the back row. Full-height glazing has been punched into the side wall of the café area, allowing plenty of light in.

For trivia buffs, I gather that “birks” is the Scottish name for birch trees. Robert Burns wrote a poem ‘The Birks of Aberfeldy’, which presumably inspired the cinema’s rather unusual name.

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.

keiths on November 12, 2013 at 5:24 am

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

ODEONesque on July 26, 2013 at 5:13 am

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