Picture House

High Street,
Prestonpans, EH32

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Located in Prestonpans, East Lothian. The Picture House was opened in 1913 with 380 seats. The proscenium was 20ft wide. In 1931 it was operated by Albert Biddall and was equipped with a British Acoustic(BA) sound system. In the late-1930’s it was enlarged to 600 seats. In 1954 it was equipped with CinemaScope and a new 28ft wide proscenium was built to accomodate the 26ft wide screen. The first CinemaScope film to be screened was Anne Blyth in “The Student Prince”. The seating capacity had been reduced to 500.

The Picture House was closed on 6th August 1960 with Norman Wisdom in “Follow a Star”. The building had been purchased by the local council for widening of the High Street and it was demolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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