Cinema distributor ond exhibitor with circuit in Scotland of around 20 cinemas. Became President of the Glasgow Branch of CEA and was active in defines of cinema against attempts by Glasgow Education Authority to institute local and/or national censorship. One of the founders on the Cinema Trade Benevolent Fund, he became Chair of CEA. He was active against block booking and was instrumental in formation of 1927 Cinematograph Act introducing, among other things, the quota - which was opposed by sections of the trade. Became MP for Motherwell and continued to represent the interests of cinema.
Source: Obituary http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19370116&id=rjE1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=BaYLAAAAIBAJ&pg=4019,2258127
'President Ormiston and Vice-President Blake', The Bioscope, 20. 01.1925. Article on election to Presidency of CEA, extracted.
'Tom Ormiston Trounces Cinema Critics', The Bioscope, 17.03.1927