Basic Site Details

Name: Theatre
Town, district or village: Stockbridge
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Burnt and demolished.

The magistrates for Edinburgh unanimously granted a theatrical licence on Monday for the Tivoli Theatre in St Stephen’s Street, built from plans prepared by Mr Marwick, architect, of 7 York Place Edinburgh. The burgh engineer reported that the building had been fitted up in accordance with plans sanctioned by the Dean of Guild Court. The pit was seated for 1,170 people, the boxes and promenade for 420, and the gallery for 380 - in all 1,970 people. There were four exits. Inside doors all opened outwards, the building was lighted throughout with electricity, the lavatory accommodation was ample and, in his opinion, the building was well adapted fpr the purpose for which it was intended. The report of the fire-master stated that he considered the gangways and exits to be ample for the building.

The Grand theatre/cinema was built on the site of a timber yard. This cinema originally opened as a theatre (depicted on the 2nd edition of the OS 25-inch map, 1890), riding academy (2nd edition, revision, 1915) and ice rink, but after 1920 The Grand was used solely as a cinema. It closed as a cinema in 1960 and was subsequently used as a bingo hall, nightclub and disco until destroyed by fire in 1993. New blocks of flats now occupy the site.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Grand Cinema  
Item 2 of 4Grand Theatre  
Item 3 of 4Stockbridge Theatre  
Item 4 of 4Tivoli Theatre  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 4Theatre  
Item 2 of 4Skating rink  
Item 3 of 4Riding school  
Item 4 of 4Cinema  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1St Stephen's Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71895 Build/construction 
Item 2 of 71901 ReconstructionAs theatre
Item 3 of 71904  Name changed to Grand Theatre
Item 4 of 7December 1920 OpenedGrand Cinema opened in old skating rink/cine-theatre and horse repository
Item 5 of 7May 1960 Closed 
Item 6 of 71984 Alteration/conversionUsed as a restaurant
Item 7 of 7c. 1993 Destruction/demolitionAfter a fire


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 2Peter Lyle Barclay HendersonArchitect, EngineerA1895 Original ice rink and theatre?
Item 2 of 2Thomas Purves MarwickArchitect 1901 Conversion of roller skating rink to theatre


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp412
Item 2 of 2Thomas, B1984The last picture shows, Edinburgh: ninety years of cinema entertainment in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder9 November 1901  p419
Item 2 of 2Building News15 November 1901  p674

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM 1900/107/1 Plans of ice rink