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Edinburgh Playhouse

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Edinburgh Playhouse

The Edinburgh Playhouse is a theatre located Edinburgh, Scotland. It has a capacity of 3059 making it the UK's largest theatre in terms of audience capacity.

The Edinburgh Playhouse has quite a history. Designed by Glasgow architect, John Fairweather as a variety theatre, it was largely created after the Roxy Theatre in New York, but caught up in the new craze sweeping the country, it opened as a cinema on August 12th 1929 with the film The Doctor’s Secret. Owned by the MacGuire family, it stayed a cinema for another 40 years until it fell victim to the cinema crisis in 1973.
A „Save the Playhouse” group collected 15,000 signatures against the closure. Then, in 1975 the ‘Edinburgh Playhouse Society’ was formed, a second petition brought a further 13,500 signatures, helping in saving the building.
Over the next 12 years the theatre changed owners 5 times, until Apollo Leisure took over ownership in December 1985. In 1993 a major restoration was undertaken, and The Edinburgh Playhouse was returned to its former glory, soon becoming one of the most successful theatres in Britain.

Among facilities, the theatre offers sweet kiosks, located on balcony level, main foyer and stalls level that sell a variety of hot & cold drinks & confectionary, bars with drinks that can be taken into the auditorium in plastic cups because no glass is allowed in the auditorium.
First aid room are located on the mezzanine level, next to the gents toilets and baby changing area is located in the mezzanine ladies – closest to the bar.
Also, the theatre offers good disabled facilities with 8 spaces for wheelchair users per performance. The circle bar is the disabled access bar – this is also where the disabled toilet is located.

The Parliament House Hotel, Apex Waterloo Place Hotel are some of the hotels in the area with prices starting from 75 euros.






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