Basic Site Details

Name: Playhouse Theatre
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: The Builder 29 January 1926: 'it is understood that negotiations are taking place for the reconstruction of the large building in Greenside Place, Leith Walk, edinburgh, known as 'The Tabernacle' as a cinema capable of accommodating 3,000 persons'

Mr John Fairweather ARIBA 182 Trongate Glasgow has prepared plans for a new super cinema. The building will seat 3,250 persons. [Builder 9 December 1927 Page 920]

A company under the name of the Playhouse (Edinburgh) Company Limited has been registered with a nominal capital of 100,000. The new company, the promoters of which are Messrs F A Lumley and Mr John P Maguire will erect a super cinema on a site now being excavated in Leith-street. The entire auditorium will seat more than 3,000 patrons. [Builder 24 February 1928 Page 356]

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 218-22, Greenside PlaceYes 
Item 2 of 2Playhouse Theatre, Leith Walk  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 319271929  
Item 2 of 312 August 1929 Opened 
Item 3 of 319781980Restoration 


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 2John FairweatherArchitect 19271929 
Item 2 of 2Lothian Region Department of Architectural ServicesArchitectural Department (New Towns etc)B19781980Restoration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Baird, George1963Edinburgh Theatres, Cinemas and Circuses  p439
Item 2 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp439

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder29 January 1926  p209
Item 2 of 3Builder9 December 1927  p920
Item 3 of 3Builder24 February 1928  p356

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild  
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register30029