Former cinema in Edinburgh reopening

November 13, 2017 by  

A historic building in the Leith district of Edinburgh, which used to serve as a cinema, is set to reopen its doors to the public following decades lying disused. Furthermore, it will be put to wider use than before.

The building that was known as the State Cinema boasts architecture in the art deco style and holds listed status. The final films were screened there nearly 50 years ago and it has not been used at all for 30 years. Now it is set to be given a temporary revival so that it can be used as a venue for the popular festival called Hidden Door.

This takes place in May each year and lasts for nine days. It offers a mix of film, spoken word, theatre, visual arts and live music and the decision to reopen the old cinema means that these events will be split between two venues from next year.

Speaking to the Scotsman, the building’s site and venue team leader, Hazel Johnson, stated:

“There’s a lot to do there, but Hidden Door has always been up for the challenge and this felt like the perfect addition to our plans for the theatre just around the corner.”

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