Playhouse Theatre

18-22 Greenside Place,
Edinburgh, EH1 3AA

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jrhine on February 21, 2008 at 7:12 pm

The Playhouse had a 3/35 Hilsdon organ that is now part of a of a 4/45 Hilsdon in the New Palace Theatre Organ Heritage Center in Todholes, Greenlaw, Scotland.

Ian on February 25, 2007 at 2:51 am

A few more (mainly interior) pictures of the Playhouse can be found here:–

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exciterlamp on May 23, 2006 at 5:48 am

My late father, who was born and bred in Edinburgh told me that shortly after opening the Playhouse either suffered from, or was rumoured to be suffering from, subsidence. In view of its vast size and the fact that it is built on a hillside, this apparently deterred a lot of people from visiting.

A few doors away are the sorry remains of the Salon, a very early picture house, which closed in the 1970s. The entrance was a one storey structure built in the front garden of one of a row of large terraced houses. This remains boarded up with no sign of its cinematic past. The auditorium was built in the steeply sloping back garden and has long since been demolished. If only it had survived a few more years, the Salon would have merited listing, as it retained many of its original features right to the very end.

kencmcintyre on February 10, 2006 at 3:55 pm

From Edinburgh Today:

Playhouse Theatre


About £100,000 is to be spent to restore the facade of the Playhouse Theatre in Greenside Place to the art deco appearance that it had when it first opened in 1929.

The theatre was designed as a cinema by John Fairweather and modelled on the Roxy in New York. It remained as a cinema until the early 1970s when it closed and was threatened with closure. It re-opened as a theatre in 1980.

The work is still subject to planning permission, but it is hoped that it will be completed by the end of 2005.

Herald & Post: 24November 2005, p.17

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 12, 2005 at 1:20 pm

An exterior photograph of the Playhouse Theatre here:
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sabreteeth19 on June 11, 2005 at 12:35 am

Can anyone confirm or deny if the Sound of Music Film was every shown at the Edinburgh Playhouse in the 1960s