Edinburgh’s oldest cinema is demolished

The Scotia Cinema pictured in 1962
The Scotia Cinema pictured in 1962
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IT’S goodbye Scotia as the bulldozers move in to demolish what is thought to be Scotland’s second oldest cinema.

The former picture house at 90 Dalry Road opened in 1912 as the Haymarket Cinema, became the Scotia in 1946 and showed its last film in 1964.

The old foyer of the premises has most recently been used as a tattoo parlour, with the former auditorium serving as a garage.

But now the site is to be developed as student accommodation.

Jonathan Melville, who runs the scotreel.com website and lives nearby, said: “The Haymarket was one of the first cinemas to be built in Scotland. It and the Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness opened in the same year, but it is generally accepted the Hippodrome was the first – and it was recently renovated.

“Sadly, the Haymarket wasn’t listed, but you could still see bits of how it used to be – the ceiling was still there – and it gave you an idea of what cinemas must have felt like 100 years ago.

“It’s tricky – buildings do get old and change, but it’s a shame to lose part of your history and not recognise it.”

Sighthill/Gorgie SNP councillor Denis Dixon said people would have happy memories of the cinema but sadly it had got beyond being saved.