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Empire Cinema Lochgilphead

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The Empire Cinema, Lochgilphead, Argyll & Bute, was constructed in 1938, and remained in use until about 1990.

The cinema actually began life within the 1938 Empire Exhibition, held in Belahouston Park, Glasgow. When the exhibition ended, the building was sold, dismantled and rebuilt in Lochgilphead, providing the town with a 600 seat cinema that remained in use until the late 1980s, when it became a snooker hall.

During filming of the James Bond film From Russia With Love in 1960, Shepperton Studios hired the cinema for six weeks, for viewing the daily rushes. A number of scenes were shot in the surrounding area.

In 1991, the building was converted into a nine room travel lodge (guest house).

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