New Picture House

83 High Street,
Cowdenbeath, KY4 9QA

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New Picture House

In Cowdenbeath, a few miles to the east of Dunfermline, in Scotland, the purpose-built Picture House was opened in 1912, with 1,500 seats.

In 1935 it was rebuilt by A.B. King, and renamed New Picture House. The 1940 Kinematograph Year Book listed 1,370 seats. It was taken over by the J.B. Milne Theatres circuit in 1950.

By 1966 part-time bingo was introduced. Film shows continued into the 1980’s: it is listed in the 1980 Cinema Directory, published by the Cinema Theatre Association, which records it having 825 seats by then.

Film shows finally ended in the early-1980’s and it became a full-time bingo club. The building was eventually acquired by Premier Bingo.

Contributed by David Simpson
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