Leith Theatre, Edinburgh
Returning the performing arts, cultural and community space to a 1930’s theatre in the heart of the Leith community.
Leith Theatre was built as part of a 1930’s civic complex to mark the amalgamation of Leith with the City of Edinburgh and was for many years the venue for performing arts and celebrations in North Edinburgh. Since the 1980s the 1500 seat capacity theatre has been closed and fallen into disrepair. The building complex is B-listed and also includes the popular local library and an underused community hall. It is owned by Edinburgh City Council.
A series of options have explored the potential for bringing the theatre and community hall back into sustainable use, as a place for the people of Leith to meet, enjoy and explore the performing arts.
The Options Appraisal exercise, undertaken in partnership with the Leith Theatre Trust, identified the potential for the building as a venue for dance classes and performance, as well as other cultural and community events. Since September 2010 Dancebase, the National Centre for Dance, has established a new dance venue in the Thomas Morton community hall.
The preferred option for the building is to incrementally expand the services offered by Dance Base together with other community and cultural organisations to occupy the Theatre auditorium and ancillary spaces. Dancebase are reporting a successful beginning in the Thomas Morton Hall.
Copyright SHBT 2016