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In the Aberdeenshire town of Ballater, the first listing I can trace for “The Picture House” is the 1944 Kinematograph Year Book. The owner was listed as Robert Martin Cay, of Aberdeen, and the cinema had 400 seats. However, there is a listing of “New cinema” (with no other details at all) for the town in the 1940 edition, so presumably the Picture House was under construction at that time, and opened shortly thereafter.
The 1953 edition still lists Mr Cay as the owner, but by then the cinema had a reduced capacity of 312 seats.
The Picture House closed in the 1970’s. The building became a furniture store. When I visited, in June 2005, there was no exterior signage, so it is unclear what, if any, business was operating from it at that time.
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