Redstack Playhouse

38 Western Road,
Bexhill, TN40 1DY

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Redstack Playhouse

The Picture Playhouse was opened on 8th July 1921 with 800 seats. It was built adjacent to the Cinema de Luxe and was operated by Randolph E. Richards (the Cinema de Luxe was closed in February 1924 and became a garage).

In 1966, it was taken over by the Classic Cinemas chain and was re-named Classic Cinema. Upon the retirement of Classic Cinemas chairman Eric Rhodes, he was ‘given’ the Classic Cinema to operate, and he re-named it Curzon Picture Playhouse. The building was twinned, with a bingo hall in the former stalls area and a small 300 seat cinema in the former circle. It was closed in June 1988.

Then came a period of openings and closings under different managements 1989-January 1991, May 1991-April 1994, February 1995-October 2004, when it finally closed as a cinema.

The theatre was last operated as the Redstack Playhouse which hosted films and live entertainment. The Redstack Playhouse closed in March of 2008. There were hopes in the local community that it could be re-opened by the Bexhill Community Playhouse group, but eventually the empty building was purchased by the J.D. Wetherspoon chain of pubs in November 2014. Planning permission for conversion into a pub was granted in May 2015 and it opened as the Playhouse pub on 18th July 2017.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

woody on April 10, 2009 at 7:37 am

photo taken from the train showing the rear of the cinema showing the painted sign PLAYHOUSE CINEMA still on the back wall

DavidSimpson on September 8, 2017 at 5:25 am

The Wetherspoon pub, appropriately named The Picture Playhouse, finally opened in July 2017. It includes the space previously occupied by the Cinema de Luxe next door, making this something of a ‘2 for 1’ treat for us cinema buffs!

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