Pulling down the Ritz: Edinburgh’s lost cinemas

There was a time when it seemed every main street played host to a picture house. Here we picture three, long gone venues.

By Diane King
Monday, 28th September 2020, 7:00 am
The Ritz Cinema in Rodney Street.
The Ritz Cinema in Rodney Street.

The Ritz Cinema in Rodney Street opened on 10 September 1929. The end came on 28 November 1981 with Exorcist II and Mad Max and the building was demolished in 1983

Eastway Cinema, Easter Road, was originally called the Picturedrome. It became the Eastway after the owner Alex Black died. The new owners, Associated General Provincial Cinemas, reopened under the new name on 17 May 1943 showing I Married an Angel and The Middle Watch. It closed on 26 August 1961 and became a Cooper’s Foodstore

The Astoria Cinema, Manse Road, pictured on 13 February 1974.

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Astoria Cinema Manse Road Edinburgh.
Eastway Cinema, Easter Road.