30 S. Beach,
Stornoway, HS1 2BN

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Located in Stornoway, Ross & Cromarty, on the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of north Scotland. The Playhouse was opened around 1936. It was operated by A.G. Matthews Circuit of Glasgow. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. By 1944 it was part of the J.B. Milne Theatres chain of Dundee.

The Playhouse was still open in 1966, but had closed by 1980. The building is used today by the Royal British Legion.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Buffer on January 3, 2016 at 12:05 pm

A Presbyterian minister pronounced a curse on the cinema for showing “Jesus Christ, superstar”. Technically it was due to breach of fire regulation but the curse was believed to be the true cause of the Playhouse closing weeks after the curse.

popcorn_pete on May 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm

The Playhouse opened in February 1934 and closed sometime during 1979 when the building was put up for sale. The British Legion moved in but closed the social club in March 2014 owing to falling attendances, and the building is now empty. Bingo was held at the cinema three times a week in the 1960s when the address was known as 5 Beach Street.

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