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Inverness form E G Tower
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Inverness form E G Tower

Date is a guess. What is 'E G Tower'?
Picture added on 15 March 2005
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Comments:
Coloin - This photo is taken from the Old High Church Tower, which was the mediaeval Parish Church of Inverness. The Church was re-built in 1770, and known as the English Church, as no Gaelic was used in the Services. I suspect the Photo says "Inverness from the E C Tower" English Church Tower, noy "E G" Tower.
Added by Calum Davidson on 25 March 2005
Or is it the 'F C' Tower? If it were taken from the tower of the Old High Church, the Free North Church would surely be in the foreground. Is that the (shadow of the) Greig Street Bridge support cable in the bottom right corner?
Added by Angus Bethune on 04 April 2005
i, m intrested in pics of the town in round about 1970 to 1975 i seem to remember the La scala ciniema been at the bottom of the hill coming down from the crown where the eastgate centre is now, could u tell me if i, m right or wrong plz, even better is there a pic of it ????????????????
Added by Sudz_42@hotmail.co.uk on 19 October 2006
The La Scala wasnt where Eastgate is now, it was where they are building new shops with flats above, just across from T K MAXX. (just around the corner from the Library) I remember when it just had the one screen, also going to see a film after it was converted to a 2 screen cinema. One of my first memories as a little girl of 1 or 2 was going to the La Scala with my Godmother. I was born in 1973
Added by Patricia Coston (nee Williamson) on 10 November 2006
thx patrica but this was before 1973 as i left inverness in 1972, born in hilton and going to millburn school i still seem to remember it at the bottom of the hill coming down from The Crown, and the La Scala was on the right hand side,
Added by Sudz_42@hotmail.co.uk on 11 November 2006
it was the playhouse in eastgate
Added by Alexander Morrison on 20 April 2007
the cinema at the bottom of the crown was the playhouse where the eastgate centre is now. the la scala was further down on the corner of academy street and strothers lane. i worked in both cinemas as a projectionist in the late sixties/early seventies.
Added by Allan Goodall on 12 June 2007
It was the 'Playhouse cinema' that was at the corner of Hamilton Street and Academy Street near the bottom of the Crown. The La Scala was on the corner of Academy Street and Struthers Lane.
Added by George ILHF on 24 June 2007
I can remember horses getting shoed in the smiddy on the right "at the bottom of the hill coming down from the Crown" before 1973, but the La Scala was always on Academy Street at the junction with Strothers Lane, just across from Burnetts bakery shop and restaurant.
Added by R A Stewart on 06 July 2007
La Scala was on the corner of Strother's Lane and the one you remember would be the Playhouse where Jimmy Nairn decorated the cinema every christmas into a fairyland for the children. I think you may see a picture of it on Am Baile. www.ambaile.org.uk
Cheers,
Frances.
Added by Frances Macleod on 25 July 2007
The Playhouse was on academy street just at the foot of Hamilton Street and Inglis Street. The La Scala was where R.A. Stewart says it was. I worked in both cinemas as a projectionist between 1966 and 1973.
Added by Allan Goodall on 29 May 2008
I was born in Inverness in 1951. I came back on holiday in March 1973(?) to visit my grandmother in Hilton. I went out for the day by train to Wick and when I arrived back in the evening, the Playhouse had burnt down. I remember Jimmy Nairn as a child - he kept white mice in the cinema and would let them run up your arms. The Playhouse Tearoom was fascinating as it was between two staircases leading up to the cinema proper and you could hear the soundtrack whilst having tea. It was a favourite haunt of teachers from the Crown School and the original Royal Academy, both of which I attended. Don't forget the Palace Cinema which was located on Huntly Street :)
Added by Philip Wylie on 26 January 2009
Jimmy Nairn also had goldfish in the upper foyer of the Playhouse. Re: hearing the soundtrack in the tearoom, you could hear the clink of tea cups and saucers in the balcony if you were watching a quiet passage in the film especially in the weekday afternoons if the cinema was quiet. Happy days. The Playhouse meant so much to so many people. Cinema isn't the same now, alas.
Added by Allan Goodall on 27 February 2009
The Playhouse burnt down in March 1972 in the early evening. the film showing was Steve McQueen in "Le Mans". It was a shame as it was the best cinema in the Highlands. going to see a film in the Playhouse was an event. I remember some of the staff very well from going there as a patron and working there as a projectionist. There was Jimmy Nairn and Arthur MacDonald, the managers. Also Jimmy MacMillan the Chief Projectionist, Esna in the box-office and Nancy in the kiosk and not forgetting "Bills" the doorman always there in his green uniform with the gold braid. many happy memories.
Added by Allan Goodall on 10 March 2009
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