‘Unique’ Edinburgh city centre building brought to market

THE category B-listed Edinburgh Filmhouse building has been brought to the market by Savills on behalf of Chad Griffin and Tom MacLennan, joint administrators and partners with FRP Advisory.

The city centre building at 88 Lothian Road comprises a Georgian sandstone former church building which was converted into the cinema.

Danielle Corker, of Savills Development, said, “This unique property, most recently trading as the Flmhouse, was the headquarters of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and holds a special place in the hearts of the capital’s culture lovers and regular film goers.

“The building has ‘assembly and leisure’ planning consent, and it would be wonderful if it could remain part of the city’s cultural offering, along with its close neighbours The Usher Hall, and the Lyceum and Traverse theatres.

“However, its position adjacent to Festival Square, home to commercial and financial enterprises, as well as multiple bars and restaurants, means the building could suit a number of alternative uses, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.”

The property was originally constructed in 1830 and extends over ground, mezzanine, and first floors, comprising 20,068 sq ft in total. It accommodates three cinema rooms, the Film Guild clubroom, box office, a café/bar, and kitchens.

Chad Griffin, of FRP Advisory, said, “We anticipate a high level of demand for this outstanding development opportunity within Edinburgh’s financial and cultural quarter.”