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Aberdeen Cinemas: Picturedrome / Cinema House

Historic Photographs
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Aberdeen Cinemas: Picturedrome / Cinema House
Historic Photographs
Aberdeen Cinemas: Picturedrome / Cinema House
A photograph of the Cinema House on Skene Terrace from the Aberdeen Journals Archive collection.

This cinema operated successfully for many years at this location. It was in January 1971, with Where Eagles Dare - the Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood action adventure, that the venue showed its final film. Its closure, just a few months short of its 61st year, was blamed on the film industry's lack of support for cinemas and its location out of the very centre of town will not have helped.

This photograph dates from April 1970 and so shows the building nearing the end of its time as a cinema. The promotion outside the Cinema House is for showings of El Dorado, the Howard Hawks western with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. At the time the cinema was operated by the Donald family's Aberdeen Cinemas Ltd. Company.

Next to the Cinema House in this photograph can be seen a branch of Lombank Limited, which specialised in credit finance and leasing facilities for commerce, the motor trade, industry and agriculture. This office, originally a branch of Lombard Banking and Lombank, opened at 44 Union Terrace in late 1960.

[Information primarily sourced from Silver Screen in the Silver City (1988) by Michael Thomson]

Image © Aberdeen Journals Ltd.
Skene Terrace
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Cinema House 1970-04-00 (C)AJL
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