Playgoers Theatre

Market Place,
Hull, HU1

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The Gaiety Picture House was converted from a Georgian house into a small cinema in the old town area of Kingston-On-Hull, East Yorkshire. It seated just under 600 in the stalls and 100 in the small balcony.

It opened in 1913 but closed on 20th March 1915, only to reopen as a music hall which ran successfully until 1934, changing its name to the Playgoers Theatre in 1928.

Remarkably, it survived intact through various uses of storage, rehearsal space, etc. until 1990 when the interior was completely gutted and the space used for an extension to the Market Hall. The facade was renovated at this time and the outside walls of the auditorium behind the original house are still there. No trace of its former use remains inside however.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ian on February 10, 2008 at 7:47 am

A recent exterior of the former cinema here:–

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