On Cinematic Scotland you’ll discover more about the past, present and future of the moving image in Scotland; the films that are shot here, the people that appear in them and the cinemas they’re watched in.

We’ll feature historic cinema buildings to the latest blockbuster filming locations, taking in quirky facts and lesser known films along the way.

The team behind Cinematic Scotland

Through the well-established Scottish-based websites of www.scottishcinemas.org.uk and www.reelscotland.com, Gordon Barr and Jonathan Melville have encouraged readers from around the globe to celebrate the aspirations of Scottish cinema and filmmakers.

Realising that there’s a gap in the market for a single simple-to-access guide which details Scottish film locations and historical cinema information, Gordon and Jonathan have combined their skills and interests to create Cinematic Scotland.

Gordon Barr


Gordon has been editing, developing and adding to www.scottishcinemas.org for over ten years – building it into the premier website for the long history of cinema-going in Scotland, covering over 1,140 cinemas in over 250 different places around the country. In the past, he’s worked on projects to digitise the photo collection of the Scottish Screen Archive, as well as collaborating with Historic Scotland on their listed historic cinemas survey. Gordon currently works as a Heritage Officer for the Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust, and in 2010 was shortlisted for the Scottish Civic Trust’s Civic Champion award.

Jonathan Melville


Jonathan is a freelance film journalist who has written a weekly film column for the Edinburgh Evening News since 2008. He established the online film magazine, www.reelscotland.com, in 2010 as a source for reviews, previews, features and interviews covering some of the most exciting film events taking place around Scotland. The site went on to be named one of Scotland’s best websites by The List magazine in 2011.

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