Leading independent developer Glencairn Properties has acquired a former iconic Art Deco cinema in Edinburgh and will submit plans next month to turn the building into a residential development comprising circa 37 apartments.
The State Cinema in Leith closed in 1972 and has since been used as a bingo hall, a nightclub and church. Now an eyesore, Glencairn Properties, based in Stanhope Street, Edinburgh, has confirmed that its scheme will reinvigorate the derelict B-listed building on Great Junction Street.
Daryl Teague, director of Glencairn Properties, confirmed that acquiring the building had been a complex process involving a number of legal and ownership issues. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Mr Teague said that if the City of Edinburgh Council approves the plan the company intends to start work in 2018. ISA Architects is the appointed architect for the project. The cinema was originally designed by architect Sir James Miller and opened in December 1938, part of a multi-use leisure development that incorporated shops, two billiard halls, and a skittle alley.
The sweeping curved entrance had a tower feature on the left hand side, topped by a pagoda roof. “There is very little of the original interior left, but we intend to reopen the old foyer as an entrance to the accommodation,” said Mr Teague. He continued:
“Our planning application is being submitted this autumn and we look forward to taking the plans forward.”
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