Basic Site Details

Name: Playhouse Cinema
Town, district or village: Montrose
City or county: Angus
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Messrs Gordon and Scrymgeour, 7 Ward-street, Dundee are being assisted by Mr Alister G MacDonald ARIBA Queen Anne’s Gate, London in the preparation of plans for a new super-cinema in John-street. [builder 13 May 1932, p860]

The contract for the erection of a new cinema to seat approximately 1,000 at the corner of John-street and Market-street has been placed with Messrs Robert Pert and Sons, 83 Bridge-street, Montrose. The steelwork will be erected by Messrs Redpath Brown and Company Limited, Edinburgh. The plans have been prepared by Mr Alister G MacDonald ARIBA 13 Queen Anne’s-gate, SW1.[Builder 22 July 1932 Page 146]

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 2John Street  
Item 2 of 2Market Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11932 Opened 


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 5Leonard George PargiterArchitectB1932 As architect in charge of Edinburgh office of Alister MacDonald
Item 2 of 5John Ramsay GordonArchitectAMay 1932 Appointed initally as architects
Item 3 of 5Robert Aikenhead ScrymgeourArchitectAMay 1932 Initially appointed as architect
Item 4 of 5Gordon & ScrymgeourArchitectural practiceBMay 1932 Appointed initally as architects
Item 5 of 5Alister Gladstone MacDonald (or Alistair Gladstone MacDonald)ArchitectBJuly 1932 Replaced Gordon& Scrymgeour as architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2McKean, Charles1987The Scottish Thirties: An Architectural Introduction Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Pressp195
Item 2 of Scottish Cinemas website and databaseDatabase accessed February 2006

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architect and Building News1932Jan-June p78
Item 2 of 3Builder13 May 1932  p860
Item 3 of 3Builder22 July 1932  p146

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Pargoter: L no6486 (Combined Box 142); F no4784 (Combined Box 35)