The former George Cinema in Portobello is once again threatened with demolition as a developer seeks to gain planning consent for 20 privately owned flats. But there is an alternative.
Friends of The George is a group of people from within the community whose aim is to revive The George. We are working on an ambitious vision to retain and upgrade this important listed building and operate it as a publicly-accessible, community-run cinema and arts venue.
With an independent cinema as the main focus, The George could become a beacon for the arts in Portobello, providing a grass-roots home for cinema in Edinburgh. Well-equipped studio spaces would provide much-needed facilities, while a diverse programme of events and a well-stocked café would attract locals and visitors from further afield.
The real value for a community lies in The George’s use as a place to gather, not to mention the ongoing economic benefits such a venue would bring.
After all, it takes a lot more than houses to make a community.
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