The Centenary Project


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 aims to restore this magnificent building and create a modern cinema destination complete with a second screen, new foyer and café, and spaces for exhibitions, displays, education and community activities. Our vision is for Campbeltown Picture House to play the central role in the cultural, entertainment and social life of Campbeltown and Kintyre The project aims to broaden and increasing the programme of films and events, increasing income generation and improving operational efficiency. It comprises various components, each vital to success:

  • Restoration of the historic auditorium; including modern heating, ventilation and seating for 197 cinemagoers; 119 in the stalls, 74 in the balcony, plus 4 wheelchair spaces.
  • Restoration of the unique art nouveau frontage of the building
  • Transformation of the annexe to provide a new, contemporary foyer and café
  • Creation of a multi-purpose exhibition space/meeting room/education room/green room
  • Creation of a second state-of-the-art cinema auditorium in the rear courtyard with 54 seats and 2 wheelchair spaces, 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 photo-voltaic array on the roof
  • Increased storage space for equipment, materials and furniture to support educational activities and business meetings
  • Improved accessibility throughout.

Campbeltown Community Business
Campbeltown Picture House is owned by Campbeltown Community Business Ltd which is managed by a volunteer board, chaired by Jane Mayo.

Specialist team
Project Manager: Ron Inglis, Craigmount Consulting
Architect: Stefanie Fischer & Faye Davies, Burrell Foley Fischer LLP
Quantity Surveyor: Morham & Brotchie Ltd
Structural Engineer: David Narro Associates
Services Engineer: Irons Foulner Consulting Engineers Ltd
Principal Designer: PFB Construction Management Ltd
Acoustic Engineer: Arup Acoustics

Main contractor
CorraMore Construction Ltd

Download a brochure about the architectural history and restoration project here