The Edinburgh Playhouse opened its doors for the first time at 2pm on Monday 12 August 1929. Although originally designed as a variety theatre, by the time the building was completed it had been decided to open it as a cinema. The first film to be screened was ‘The Doctor’s Secret’ an adaptation of JM Barrie’s short play ‘Half an Hour’. The building was owned and run by the Maguire family and was designed by Glasgow architect John Fairweather. On a fact finding trip to America he was impressed by the splendour of the Roxy Theatre in New York and some of its features were said to have inspired the final designs for the Playhouse.
The venue is accessible to disabled patrons. The easiest access is through the main entrance where there are no steps to climb. Within the building, there are fewer steps to climb for patrons who are seated in the circle.
Guide dogs are permitted in all areas with the patron
Sennheisser Infrared system for the hard of hearing.
IMPORTANT: The stalls and balcony are not suitable for wheelchair users or patrons with walking difficulties.
To book spaces for wheelchairs call: 0131 524 3301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For information and dates of Signed, Captioned and Audio Described performances, please call 0131 524 3301