Linlithgow Film Theatre, Victoria Hall, Linlithgow
Proposal for New-Build Film Theatre, Shops, Restaurant and Flats
Victoria Hall stands on Linlithgow High Street, where it has been disused and derelict since the 1980s. The building was originally funded by public donations. Designed by Architect J. Russell Walker, it commenced construction in the year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee and opened its doors in 1889. Behind the huge, flamboyant turreted stone fašade was a simple dance hall with a stage and proscenium arch at one end and a balcony with tiered seats at the other. Two retail units and two flats were woven into the plan, flanking the main fašade.
Having fallen into disuse and dereliction the building changed hands in 2006, and EKJN were appointed to design a mixed-use commercial and retail scheme which was granted Planning Permission in 2010.
In 2013 a local group, the Linlithgow Victoria Hall Trust (LVHT), was then formed to explore the potential for redeveloping the site. EKJN continued their involvement with the building, working with the LVHT to design a three-screen Film Theatre with shops, a restaurant and flats. The design includes a walkway through the site to the Peel beyond, connecting the building to an existing under-utilised external stage to the rear of the site.