Campbeltown Picture House, designed by Albert V Gardner of Glasgow in 1913 in Glasgow School Art Nouveau style, is a Category A Listed building and one of the earliest surviving purpose-built cinemas in the UK. It is the only example in Scotland of the first wave of cinema building still in use as a cinema.
We have three spaces available for hire at reasonable prices. We can host private screenings, corporate events, meetings, social groups, conferences and birthday parties. Contact email@example.com for further details.
Our main cinema seats 193 with 4 wheelchair spaces. Projection is 2K digital with the capability to play DCP, DVD or run a laptop presentation. We have two radio mics which are available for your use. Please note, currently there is no stage lighting other than the general ‘House Lights’.
Our second screen seats 52 with 2 wheelchair spaces. Projection is 2K with the capability to play DCP or DVD or run a laptop presentation.
Our multi-use room is a flexible space with chairs and tables to sit up to 20 people theatre-style or 12 boardroom style. The room can be cleared completely to give you an empty space. A large screen monitor (65 inch) and sound system is available for screenings or presentations from laptops or DVD.
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The stalls of Screen 1, Screen 2, the exhibition space and the conference room are accessible to wheelchair users. Screen 1 has four wheelchair spaces and Screen 2 has two. For shows that are allocated seating these are clearly marked on the seating plan. If you require assistance in finding your seat or wheelchair space a member of staff will be happy to help.
Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing audiences
Both auditoria are equipped with inductive loops for people with hearing aids equipped with a T-switch.
We have wireless neckloops which can also be used by people with hearing aids equipped with a T-switch. The neckloop is worn around the neck and the hearing aid is switched to the T setting or loop program. The neckloop looks like a necklace. It has a wireless receiver which does not need to be facing the screen. Neckloops can be borrowed from the Box Office and returned after the film. Please ask a member of staff who will be happy to assist.
Where possible, we aim to screen at least one subtitled performance of our main feature during its run. These screenings are marked on the website and on our listings as ‘Subtitled’.
Facilities for visually impaired audiences
Audio description (sometimes called AD) is a voice commentary that fits between the dialogue of a film and describes body language, facial expressions and film action, making movies easier to follow. People hear the AD soundtrack through headphones linked to the wireless audio system, so it doesn’t affect anyone else in the cinema.
We have wireless headsets which can be set for Audio Description for use on most of our main screenings. These can be borrowed from the Box Office and returned after the film. Please ask a member of staff who will be happy to assist.
Subject to availability, we offer CEA card holders a free ticket for a carer. To apply for a CEA card you can either pick up an application form from the Box Office or visit the CEA website.
There is free parking outside the front of the Picture House on Hall Street.
Visiting the Picture House
If you wish to see a photo story of a trip to the cinema before making your visit you can download it here.
Guide dogs & Assistance dogs
Registered Guide dogs and Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of our building and we are happy to provide them with water.
If you require any further or more specific information please ask a member of staff, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01586 551120.
TICKET PRICES & OPENING TIMES
Peak (Monday to Friday after 5pm, all day Saturday & Sunday)
Child (14 & younger) £6
Student (with valid ID) £6
Off-Peak (Monday to Friday before 5pm)
Child (14 & younger) £5
Student (with valid ID) £5
Wednesday before 5pm. Senior ticket plus free tea/coffee and a biscuit £5.50
Event Cinema, Live Performances, Film Festivals and Special Screenings
Individually priced. Check the listing or ask at the Box Office.
The box office, café and bar
Open from midday (or half an hour before the first film if earlier) until 9pm.
HISTORY & RESTORATION
Campbeltown Picture House is one of the first purpose built cinemas in Scotland, built in 1913. This Grade-A listed building is unique, with a Glasgow school art nouveau exterior and an equally impressive and unusual ‘atmospheric style’ interior. It survives today as a rare space, largely unaltered from the 1935 remodelling by the original architect Albert V. Gardner. The Centenary Project was completed in December 2017 restoring this magnificent building and creating a modern cinema destination complete with a second screen, new foyer and café, and spaces for exhibitions, displays, education and community activities.
The restoration project included;
– Restoration of the historic auditorium; including modern heating, ventilation and seating
– Restoration of the unique art nouveau frontage of the building
– Transformation of the annexe to provide a new, contemporary foyer and café
– Creation of the multi-purpose exhibition space/meeting room/education room/green room
– Creation of a second state-of-the-art cinema auditorium in the rear courtyard complementing the historic cinema and providing programming flexibility
– A programme of heritage interpretation and education activities focused on the history of the Picture House, of cinema, and of Campbeltown’s social and cultural life
– Improved energy use throughout the venue including a modern efficient central heating system powered by a biomass wood-pellet boiler, extensive insulation, and a 40Kw photo-voltaic array on the roof
– Increased storage space for equipment, materials and furniture to support educational activities and business meetings
– Improved accessibility throughout
The Centenary Project team
Project Manager: Ron Inglis, Craigmount Consulting
Architect: Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, lead architect Stefanie Fischer
Construction: CorraMore Construction Ltd
Download a brochure about the architectural history and restoration project here
Campbeltown Community Business
Campbeltown Picture House is owned by Campbeltown Community Business Ltd which is managed by a volunteer board, chaired by Jane Mayo.