Kingsway Cinema

104 King Street,
Aberdeen, AB24 5BB

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Kingsway Cinema

The company James F. Donald (Aberdeen Cinemas)Ltd. lost its founder in 1934, but four brothers continued the business. Land was acquired for a large cinema at the corner of King Street and Frederick Street, the latter providing a separate entrance for the cheaper seats. Notable for a spacious foyer, its Art Deco style and Holophane lighting system, the Kingsway Cinema opened on 1st March 1939 with Anne Shirley in “A Man to Remember”.

The Kingsway Cinema survived until February, 1963 and then became a bingo hall, the largest in northern Scotland. It remains so in 2014, under Gala Bingo Club’s and this has enabled the building to survive where others of such size have disappeared.

Contributed by Martin Tapsell
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