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The cinema was built originally for the 1938 Empire Exhibition in bellahouston Park, Glasgow. The cinema provided Glasgow with it's first ever news reel showing. Records show that Queen Mary visited the cinema on several occasions. Films screened included The Champion with Charlie Chaplin and Sixty Glorious Years starring Anna Neagle.

The building was designed by Alistair MacDonald, the architect son of the prime Minister. When the exhibition closed the cinema was dismantled and rebuilt in Lochgilphead.

The first film shown in Lochgilphead was Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs on July 10th 1939.

In 1960 the cinema was hired for six weeks by Shepperton Studios during the making of From Russia with Love. Many of the films locations shot in this part of Argyll and the rushes were shown each day to the cats and crew, including Sean Connery.

Conversion to The Travel Lodge took place in 1991 craeting Mid Argyll's only purpose built travel lodge offering three star accommodation.

The Empire Travel Lodge today

The Empire Travel Lodge today