Grand Cinema

99 St. Stephen Street,
Edinburgh, EH3

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Previously operated by: Barrasford Circuit, George Green Ltd.

Previous Names: Tivoli Theatre, Grand Theatre, Grand Picture House

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The Tivoli Theatre was opened in November 1900 as a music hall. It was operated by Weldon Watts and leased to Thomas Barrasford. It was closed in February 1903 following a disagreement between Barrasford and a new owner who had taken over following the death of Weldon Watts in October 1902.

It reopened as the Grand Theatre on 10th December 1904 with the pantomime “Cinderella” and continued to operate as a successful playhouse for several years. It was closed in March 1909 and the fixtures and fittings were put up for sale.

The building was converted into a riding academy and skating rink. In December 1920 it re-opened as the Grand Picture House. Around 1929 it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. By 1934 it was operated by Maurice Arthur Dent of London. By 1958 it was operated by the George Green circuit and he closed it as the Grand Cinema in May 1960 and it was converted into a bingo club. By 1984 it was in use as a restaurant. A few years later it was converted into a nightclub. It was seriously damaged by a fire in 1993 and the remains were demolished. Housing has been built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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