BIRKS ARCHIVE

Approval of Strathmore Picture Houses' application to build the cinema was minuted at a special meeting of the Town Council of the Burgh of Aberfeldy on 20 January 1939. Astonishingly, it took less than six months for the building to be erected. It was opened on Monday, 3 July, and newspaper reports praised its up to the minute 'Snowcrete' exterior and tasteful interior in cream, primrose yellow and green. The opening film was '60 Glorious Years' starring Anna Neagle, followed by 'Carefree' with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and 'Little Miss Broadway' with Shirley Temple.

Perthshire Advertiser Feb 22 1939 Perthshire Advertiser July 1 1939 Perthshire Advertiser July 5 1939 photo of audience at official opening Perthshire Advertiser July 5 1939 photo of audience at official opening Perthshire Advertiser Photo of the frontage of the new Birks Cinema Perthshire Advertiser Image of the Birks cinema mid build Aberfeldy Town Council Minutes Jan 20 1939 Postcard of Dunkeld Street showing the houses that were eventually demolished to make way for the new Birks Cinema Postcard of the Square in 1904

 

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