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Wick, 38 Breadalbane Crescent, Breadalbane Cinema

Cinema (20th Century), Club (21st Century), Public Hall (20th Century)

Site Name Wick, 38 Breadalbane Crescent, Breadalbane Cinema

Classification Cinema (20th Century), Club (21st Century), Public Hall (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Wick Dounreay Social Club; Breadalbane Hall; New Breadalbane Hall

Canmore ID 319079

Site Number ND35SE 369

NGR ND 36568 50599

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Wick
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Site Management (16 August 2012)

Sandstone building with ashlar quoins to the street. Front elevation is in three sections with a slightly advanced central panel. Large entrance. Rear coursed rubble Flat roofed.

Constructed as the Breadalbane Hall, opened 1911, later incorporated a cinema, one of two (the other being the Pavilion Cinema in the High Street) run by the Caledonian Associated Cinemas Limited in Wick - once a major herring port. Seriously damaged by fire in 1933, it was internally rebuilt 1935-6. Thought to have ceased use as a cinema in the early 1960s (Wick Heritage Society). It was converted into the Dounreay Social Club, which closed in 2007.

Photographs in the Johnstone Collection (Wick Heritage Society) of the interior show the building at opening as a community hall, fire damaged in 1933 and re-opening with a new internal scheme in 1935-6. The interior scheme once included murals of the Stacks of Duncansbay, Girnigoe Castle and Castle of Oldwick.


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