Classic Cinema

50 Nicholson Street,
Edinburgh, EH8 9DT

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Classic/LaScala Nicholson Street, Edinburgh

The La Scala Electric Theatre was opened on 31st December 1912 on the site of an earlier New Royal Alhambra Theatre (1862). Ralph Pringle the proprietor put on occasional variety turns. The projection box was located at the rear of the stalls seating area, under the balcony. In the 1930’s the cinema passed to the Peter Crerer circuit.

However, I remember it as the Classic Cinema, which it became on 27th April 1974. By then the balcony had closed reducing capacity to 294, and it screened adult films. It became a bingo hall in the mid-1980’s, operated by Premier Empire Bingo. Recently it has also used by an atheist congregation who have “church with the interesting bits”.

Contributed by Martin Tapsell

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popcorn_pete
popcorn_pete on June 10, 2016 at 1:34 am

The congregation concerned is the Sunday Assembly who meet to celebrate the wonders of life. Launched in October 2013 it probably only used the hall a few times as it now meets on Summerhall. The former cinema has also been used as the Laughing Horse venue in the Edinburgh Fringe.

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