Basic Site Details

Name: Playhouse Cinema
Town, district or village: Perth
City or county: Perthshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: A large site in Murray-street and Foundry-lane has been acquired for the erection of an extensive block of buildings comprising a super-cinema to seat about 1,750 persons and to cost 30,000, large tea rooms and restaurant, shops and showrooms. It is stated that it is intended to invite competitive plans for the scheme. The prompters are a northern syndicate consisting of Dr T H Alexander, Institution-road Elgin (remaining two members not readable) [Builder 26 May 1933, p840]

PERTH - The promoters of the scheme for a new cinema to seat 1,750 persons in Murray-street have appointed Mr Alex Cattenach of Kingussie as architect. Tea-rooms, shops and a car park are also proposed. The cost will be about 30,000. The proncipals are Dr T H Alexander, Elgin, Mr William Carrie, Elgin; and Mr E Wollerspoon, Inverness. [Builder 11 August 1933 Page 240]

PERTH - Messrs R Pert and Sons Limited, contractors, Montrose, have secured the contract for the erection of a new cinema in Perth. The building will have seating accommodation for about 1,800 people. Plans have been prepared by Mr Alex Cattenach, Kingussie. [Builder 18 August 1933 Page 286]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cinema  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Playhouse Cinema, Murray StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21933 Competition designs submitted 
Item 2 of 219331935Build/construction 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 2Alexander Cattanach (junior)ArchitectA1933 Successful competition design
Item 2 of 2Thomas Bowhill GibsonArchitectA1933 Competition design - not successful -or perhaps acted as consultant with Cattanach as executant architect.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 3Alexander, Dr T H, Institution Road, Elgin, et al. Member of the Syndicate of promoters
Item 2 of 3Caledonian Associated Cinemas 
Item 3 of 3Wotherspoon, Robert, of InvernessMember of the Syndicate of promoters?


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John2007The Buildings of Scotland: Perth and Kinross Yale University Pressp627
Item 2 of 3Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p560
Item 3 of 3Haynes, Nick2000Perth and Kinross: an illustrated architectural guide Edinburgh: Rutland Pressp30

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder26 May 1933  p840
Item 2 of 4Builder11 August 1933  p240
Item 3 of 4Builder18 August 1933  p286
Item 4 of 4RIBA JournalJanuary 1950v57London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp121 - obituary of Thomas Bowhill Gibson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register39584 
Item 2 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSAlexander Cattenach Collection, RIAS 3 drawings
Item 3 of 5Perth City LibraryPerth Dean of Guild DGP/1933/53
Item 4 of 5Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Photocopy of souvenir brochure of Perth Playhouse, original held by Dr Sandy Cattanach.
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Thomas Bowhill Gibson: L no4726 (combined box 5)