The Stornoway Playhouse

While arranging Donald R Morrison of Scalpay’s collection, I came across a page from the Stornoway Gazette from 1968 which features an advert for the Stornoway Playhouse which stood at 5 Beach Street, where the Royal British Legion stands now.

The playhouse was owned by J.B Milne, who originated from Dundee who had the foresight to install sound equipment into his playhouses and theatres to draw in the crowds. As we can see from the advert, there was also a bingo session on Tuesday and Friday nights and a session for Saturday afternoon shoppers!

Although it would be another seventeen plus years before Katie Anne and I would get a chance to see Lady and the Tramp, I remember the film being re-released in the early 90’s. I’m sure people enjoyed it just as much the second time round.

You can see pictures of the Stornoway Playhouse on the Scottish Cinemas website if you click on the link http://www.scottishcinemas.org.uk/scotland/stornoway.html and if you remember the Playhouse, please get in touch with the Tasglann or leave a comment!

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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