Cinema and Media

Campbeltown Picture House

Campbeltown Picture House

RIBAJ MacEwen Awards 2019 - shortlisted



The refurbishment and redevelopment of the Campbeltown Picture House, on the west coast of Scotland will secure the future of both a community-owned cinema and an important historic building. The Picture House, a Category A building, was established in 1913 and is the oldest purpose-built cinema in Scotland still showing films. The unique interior will be refurbished to bring it up to the standards expected by a modern cinemagoing audience, whilst respecting the historic building in which it is housed. Enhanced front-of-house facilities will be provided together with a second cinema auditorium.

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To see this much-loved Picture House as magnificent as it was the day it opened over 100 years ago is a delight. With the help of National Lottery funding, history and 21st century design have come together to create an incredible cultural centre for the local community.
— Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland
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Burrell Foley Fischer worked with the cinema's owners and operators on an initial scheme design that contributed to a successful first stage bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Following a competitive process, BFF were appointed to lead the design work for the refurbishment project. Through long association with many independent cinemas throughout the UK, BFF are very aware of the importance of these venues to their local communities and is delighted to be able to contribute to the future of such an historically significant and much loved cinema.