Basic Site Details

Name: Playhouse Cinema
Town, district or village: Galashiels
City or county: Selkirkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Plans are in hand for a scheme of reconstruction and addition to the ABC Cinema, the architects being Messrs McNair and Elder. 272 St Vincent Street, Glasgow. [Builder 13 August 1937 Page 293

Plans have been prepared for the reconstruction and extensions to the cinema. Messrs McNair and Elder, st Vincent-street, Glasgow are the architects and Messrs Gladstone Brown and Company, Bath-street, Glasgow the measurers. The demolition, brick and masonís work is by W and J Woods, Galashiels, and steel construction by Redpath Brown and Company Limited, Glasgow. [Builder 3 September 1937 Page 429]

See separate entry for Playhouse by Denny & Blain which may be the original building of this.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Capitol Cinema From 1959
Item 2 of 3Kingsway Cinema After 1959
Item 3 of 3Pavilion CinemaYesAfter 1959

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 1Market Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11937 ReconstructionAlso additions


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 3Charles James McNairArchitectA1937  
Item 2 of 3McNair & ElderArchitectural practiceA1937  
Item 3 of 3Robert Walter ElderArchitectA1937  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1ABC Cinemas 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 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 News1937Jul-Dec p211
Item 2 of 3Builder13 August 1937  p293
Item 3 of 3Builder3 September 1937  p429

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 2DMW ArchiveResearch notes for 'Scottish Thirties' by Charles McKean