Gateway Theatre

42 Elm Row,
Edinburgh, EH7 4AH

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This Classical styled building was originally built in 1882 as the New Veterinary College. It was designed by architect George Beattie & Sons.

Part of the building became a billiard Hall in 1905 and in 1909 it became the Bellvue Skating Rink. In 1910 it was converted into a cinema by Ralph Pringle and became known as Pringles Picture House. In 1929 it was re-named Atmospheric Cinema and had a Filmophone sound system installed, but this was to be short lived and the cinema closed.

In 1945 it had gone over to live perfomances as the Studio Theatre. Later names were Repertory Theatre, Festival Theatre, Broadway Theatre and Gateway Theatre. It was closed in around 1965 and was converted into a TV studio for a while.

In 1988 the building was re-designed internally by the architectural firm Law Dunbar-Naismith Architects, into an International Drama Centre, the theatre was again known as the Gateway Theatre. It was closed in the late-1990’s/early- 2000’s and plans have been proposed to demolish, retaining just the facade.

On 3rd January 1981, Historic Scotland designated the Gateway Theatre a Grade C(s) Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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garypainter on September 15, 2008 at 2:37 am

This has been closed for a few years now after it was discovered that the building did not meet modern licensing requirements for a theatre. It was latterly run by Queen Margaret University. Planning permission has been granted for redevelopment behind a retained facade, but this does not appear to have been started.

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