Whitehall Theatre

12 Bellfield Street,
Dundee, DD1 5JA

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Previously operated by: J.B. Milne Theatres

Architects: Frank Thomson Jr.

Functions: Live Theatre

Previous Names: Alhambra Theatre, State Cinema

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440138.243.4930

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Whitehall Theatre

Opened in 1929 as the Alhambra Theatre. It was designed by Frank Thomson Jr. son of noted Dundee architect Frank Thomson. The proscenium width is 28ft.; the stage 30ft. deep, and there are six dressing-rooms.

Renamed State Cinema in 1940, it was taken over by the J.B. Milne chain in 1959, who closed it in July 1965 after a 2-weeks run of Greta Garbo classic films. In 1966 it became an All Square Bingo Club, operated by J.B. Milne although films were also screened occasionally. J.B. Milne sold it to the City Council in 1968. On 29th November 1969 it re-opened as a civic theatre, renamed Whitehall Theatre, it has become the playhouse of the city.

Contributed by Harry Rigby

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

alexbraid on November 29, 2017 at 9:08 pm

The State didn’t close until 1968. I saw a couple of films there that year and was in the building just after closure.

Biffaskin on November 26, 2021 at 2:22 pm

Also, it was operated by J. B. Milne Theatres Ltd as an All Square Bingo Club, it’s listed in a 1966 Christmas Greetings poster that was on display in all of his cinema and bingo clubs at the time.

tompate on December 9, 2023 at 2:36 pm

the “Playhouse of the City” is perhaps more fairly Dundee Rep (1982, architects Dundee-based Nicoll Russell Studios). One of only two rep theatres in Scotland (and the UK?) to maintain a core acting ensemble (the other being Pitlochry Festival Theatre), it also periodically co-produces with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre.

The Whitehall Theatre has no acting company, and hosts amateur productions and touring shows, mostly one-nighters. Bigger tours tend to get hosted by the Rep, in gaps between their own in-house productions.

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