Why do we want to do this?
At the heart of this bold proposal is a desire to preserve the historic C-listed auditorium and reinvent it as an independent cinema and multi-purpose work/event space that would bring lasting cultural and economic benefits to the local community.
Why is it important?
Given the continued erosion of Edinburgh’s community assets to make way for residential developments, adequate provision of such spaces has been acknowledged as a pressing concern not just for the people of Portobello but for the city as a whole.
The real value for a community lies in The George’s use as a place for congregation; not to mention the ongoing economic benefits such a venue would bring.
Who is it for?
The George is for everyone. From llfe-long Porty residents to more recent arrivals, our community campaign has inspired many people to get involved and share their stories of childhood trips to the cinema, gaining media coverage online and in the local press.
Our feasibility work leads us to believe that there is considerable potential for The George to operate as a publicly-accessible, community-run venture, hosting everything from film screenings and bingo nights, to education workshops and live music events.
After all, it takes a lot more than houses to make a community.
How are we going to do it?
Feasibility work by Out of The Blue began in late 2015 and culminated in a report (which can be read here). This work is now being developed by a Community Group working in partnership with Out of the Blue. Once fully costed, this proposal will be shared with the community for consultation, outlining the plan to retain and upgrade the existing building in its entirety including a sensitive and informed restoration of the principal façade.
How can I get involved?