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Green's Playhouse, Nethergate, Dundee

Later - Mecca Bingo

Dundee Theatres

A Google StreetView Image of the site of Green's Playhouse today - The Tower which survived the fire in August 1995 is all that remains, the rest of the building is a replacement Bingo Hall - Click to Interact.

Above - A Google StreetView Image of the site of Green's Playhouse today - The Tower which survived the fire in August 1995 is all that remains, the rest of the building is a replacement Bingo Hall - Click to Interact.

Opening in 1936 in the Nethergate the huge and luxurious Art Deco styled Green`s Playhouse was designed by the Greens favourite architect John Fairweather. It shared the same quality and finishings of the Queen Mary currently being built at Clydebank. Its stalls auditorium was regarded as being the largest in Europe and the total seating for 4,123 patrons was only 100 short of the Glasgow Green`s Playhouse total – the largest cinema ever built in Europe.

A Postcard showing Dundee's Green`s Playhouse auditorium of 1936 - Courtesy Graeme Smith

Above - A Postcard showing Dundee's Green`s Playhouse auditorium of 1936 - Courtesy Graeme Smith

A Flyer for a Kenneth McKellar Concert at Dundee Green`s Playhouse - Courtesy of Colin Calder.While concentrating on film it also presented live performances from time to time, it being fully equipped for theatrical productions. The proscenium was 65 feet wide and the grid was 85 feet wide with full counterweight sets which could fly the screen and speakers.

Right - A Flyer for a Kenneth McKellar Concert at Dundee Green`s Playhouse - Courtesy of Colin Calder.

In 1968 it became a Mecca bingo hall; and after a fire in August 1995 and rebuilding, for Bingo, only the tower remains of Green`s Playhouse today.

There are some very good photographs of the original building and later changes on the Scotish Cinemas Website here.

The above information on the Green's Playhouse, Dundee was written for this site by Graeme Smith in February 2013.

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