Basic Site Details

Name: New Edinburgh Theatre
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: Cost: £65,000.

The work of converting the Edinburgh Theatre into a new hall and offices for the United Presbyterian Church is approaching completion under the superintendence of Mr John Burnet, architect, of Glasgow. The cost is estimated at fully £20,000. [Building News 10 October 1879 p445]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3United Presbyterian Synod Hall Later a cinema
Item 2 of 3West End Theatre As referred to in D A Crombie's LRIBA papers
Item 3 of 3West End Theatre and Winter Garden As referred to on Pilkington & Bell drawings

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 1Castle TerraceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71875  Main building
Item 2 of 71875  Interior by Pilkington and Bell
Item 3 of 71877  Alterations to form Synod Hall
Item 4 of 71878 Design exhibitedDesign for interior
Item 5 of 71880  Alterations
Item 6 of 71881 Design exhibitedInterior decoration by Thomas Hall
Item 7 of 71966 Demolition 


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 11David Alexander Crombie A1875 As assistant to Pilkington & Bell
Item 2 of 11Frederick Thomas Pilkington A1875 Interior work for Gowans
Item 3 of 11James Gowans A1875 with Pilkington
Item 4 of 11John Murray Bell A1875 Interior work for Gowans
Item 5 of 11Pilkington & Bell A1875 Interior work for Gowans
Item 6 of 11John Burnet (senior) B1877 Alterations to form Synod Hall - jointly with Peddie and Kinnear
Item 7 of 11Peddie & Kinnear B1877 Alterations to form Synod Hall - jointly with John Burnet senior
Item 8 of 11Charles George Hood Kinnear C1880 Alterations
Item 9 of 11John More Dick Peddie C1880 Alterations
Item 10 of 11Kinnear & Peddie C1880 Alterations
Item 11 of 11Thomas Hall  1881 Decoration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp263
Item 2 of 4Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1881, no 1090
Item 3 of 4Peter, Bruce1999Scotland's Splendid Theatres: Architecture and Social History from the Reformation to the Present Day Edinburgh: Polygon (an imprint of Edinburgh University Press Ltd)pp29-31
Item 4 of 4RSA1878   928

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6British Architect30 April 1875   
Item 2 of 6British Architect17 May 1875   
Item 3 of 6Builder8 May 1875XXXIII p420
Item 4 of 6Builder20 June 1875XXXIII p569
Item 5 of 6Building News9 March 1878   
Item 6 of 6Building News10 October 1879  p445

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Buccleuch Papers Book of lithographs of Pilkington & Bell scheme
Item 2 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM 1840/3/6
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDunn and Findlay Collection EDD 753/1-11 (J Dick Peddie's drawings)
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index  
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers David Alexander Crombie: L v15 no1077