About Montrose Playhouse

The Playhouse is a prominent, distinctive facility in Angus for social and cultural events which enables audiences and participants to see, experience, learn and create in a safe and welcoming environment.

With three beautiful, adaptable cinema screens, two flexible activity rooms, a modern, comfortable café bar and a packed programme of events, workshops, classes and activities aimed at all ages and abilities, The Playhouse is one of the most exciting new venues for the residents and visitors to Angus and South Aberdeenshire.

The brainchild of a local designer David Paton and facilitated by a group of local volunteers, The Playhouse is a not-for-profit facility run by individuals employed by The Montrose Playhouse Project SCIO Trustees who will retain overall governance. This will ensure that The Playhouse remains a facility which is truly for the community, by the community.

Our People

We are incredibly lucky to have a fantastic team at The Montrose Playhouse – learn a little about us here...

Leadership Team

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Matt Buchanan

/ Venue Manager

I've always dreamed of running a cinema, and now it's come true! I run the venue, including day-to-day activities and climbing under equipment and fixing things that are broken. My favourite film is The Big Lebowski.
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Stewart Buchanan

/ 2nd Assistant Director

I studied TV/Film production at NESCOL but none of my films have made it to Hollywood... yet! The Playhouse stands for great values and giving back to the community and I’m so excited to welcome you all.
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Caroline Farquhar

/ Community Manager

I’m really looking forward to the Playhouse opening and inviting everyone to get involved and, help shape the activities we offer to better meet the community's needs. For the last few years I’ve been supporting communities to design, develop and deliver programmes to help overcome people's barriers and improve local outcomes. My favourite film is Steel Magnolias.
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Tom Rose

/ Head Chef

Settled in Brechin for the last few years after moving from Yorkshire where I lived most of my life and trained as a chef. I am passionate about great food, using local ingredients and suppliers. My favourite film has to be The Shawshank Redemption.

Experience Team

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Adam Ross

/ Experience Team

I'm Adam and when I'm not here I'm a musician. I love cinema and I particularly enjoy a good documentary. I'm also into hillwalking and birdwatching. My favourite film is Jaws.
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Amanda Watson

/ Trainee Chef

I'm Amanda and I'm a trainee chef at Montrose Playhouse
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Cheryl Fleming

/ Experience Team

I’ve lived in Montrose my whole life, except a few years I spent in Dubai. I love film, music and sport (especially football) I love to go celebrity stalking and have met some amazing people. My favourite film is Back to the Future 2 and favourite superhero is Captain America.
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Dominic Coull

/ Experience Team

Hi, I'm Dom. I studied Business Management at Abertay University in Dundee. My favourite film is Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, my favourite food is Mexican, especially nachos, and I enjoy RPG/strategy PC Gaming and on holiday and camping.
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Emily Stewart

/ Experience Team

I'm Emily and I'm a member of the Experience team at Montrose Playhouse
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Fiona McKillop

/ Experience Team

Hi, my name is Fiona. I love films and musicals, arts and crafts, food and wine and DISNEY. I am a massive Disney geek… and yes, just like Peter Pan, I’ve never grown up!
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Jenna Henderson

/ Experience Team

I like music, art and movies. I spend a lot of time at the tennis club or painting the walls of my room. My favourite song is Tunnel of Love by Dire Straits, and my favourite movies are either Back to the Future or the Batman trilogy.
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Jodie McHattie

/ Experience Team

I will be your 007 – Catering Assistant by day, and Experience Team Member by night. I enjoy spending time with my family, gaming, reading and drinking a LOT of tea! Fantasy is my favourite genre (especially Lord of The Rings) and any movies by Edgar Wright and Taika Waititi! “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
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Logan Kellas

/ Experience Team

I'm Logan and I'm a member of the Experience team at Montrose Playhouse
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Louis Thomson

/ Experience Team

I have just graduated from Montrose Academy but I am still figuring out my future. I'd consider myself as creative type since I enjoy to compose music in my spare time, and I also enjoy unwinding with video games and have recently begun binge watching movies with my friends!
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Mackenzie Walker

/ Experience Team

Hi, my names Mackenzie! This year I’m studying to be a primary teacher at Aberdeen University, my favourite film to watch is Mamma Mia.
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Malia Baillie

/ Experience Team

I am currently doing an apprenticeship in a Nursery. I have always loved going to the cinema growing up and I'm happy to watch any genre, even a horror if i’m feeling brave. My favourite film is Mamma Mia and my favourite food is Carbonara.
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Nathalie Emerson

/ Experience Team

Hi, my name is Nathalie. I love film and media, my favourite movies include anything Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, or Studio Ghibli. You can guess my favourite movie of all time from this famous quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”.
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Rebecca Mearns

/ Experience Team

Hi, I’m Rebecca. I love musicals – if a song isn’t in a musical, I don’t know it! My free time is spent baking cakes and fudge or gaming. My favourite musical quote: "Forget regret or life is yours to miss"
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Renni Kaey

/ Experience Team

Hi, I’m Renni and I am studying Creative Writing at university. I love all kinds of movies, from those in a galaxy far, far away to the lion cub who just can’t wait to be king.
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Ruari Farquhar

/ Experience Team

Hi, my name is Ruari, I’m currently a third year student at Abertay. I used to be a cinema regular, but due to covid I’ve become a bit of a box set guru. Unlikely you’ll ever find me not eating something, unless I’m working!
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Sandy Norman

/ Experience Team

Hi, my name is Sandy I go to Montrose Academy and my favourite film is Goodfellas. Also my favourite food would be a pizza.
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Scott Henderson

/ Experience Team

Hi I’m Scott, I like tennis and helping out with coaching. My favourite movie is Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift and my favourite song is Bloody Valentine by Machine Gun Kelly.
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Stephen Fox

/ Experience Team

After many years living in Africa (Malawi) I've come home to Montrose! I'm a huge movie fan of all sorts but my favourites are anything Scorcese and Stephen King... Oh and Tom Hanks. I am a trained musician and enjoy many different genres (John Murphy and Hans Zimmer have to top my film score favourites)
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Tara Simpson

/ Experience Team

Hello my name is Tara and I’m going into my first year at Aberdeen university studying Business with French. My favourite film is Mamma Mia because it's such a feel good film and I love the music.
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Zoe Kinghorn

/ Experience Team

Hi I’m Zoe, I am a student at Montrose Academy and my favourite movie is Us.

Our Screens

All of our screens have digital projectors with the capability to play DCP, DVD or run laptop presentations. We also have radio mics available upon request, and an induction loop will also be available in each screen and throughout the facility.

Screen 1

Our main screens offer a fantastic cinema experience – but that‘s not all. Screen 1 has a small performance space at the front of the auditorium which allows us to open up the space to events throughout the year such as comedians, bands and small live performances. This screen seats 150 people and have a range of seating, including sofas, love seats, cinema seats, wheelchair spaces and front rows with footstools.

Screen 2

This screen also seats 150 people. While it doesn't have the performance space featured in Screen 1, we have still catered for everyone‘s needs and comfort, with a range of seating aside from the regular cinema seating, including sofas, love seats, footstolls in the front rows and wheelchair accessible spaces.

Screen 3

Screen 3 is a smaller, more opulent space with around 100 larger cinema seats and sofas as well as wheelchair spaces, which will benefit from side tables to create an auditorium for events, premieres and private hires.

Our Social Programmes

The whole ethos of The Playhouse is about social inclusion. We aim to provide the entire community with access to cultural, educational and inclusive experiences.

Stand By Me

Social isolation is one of the biggest issues that faces our community today and it is not only restricted to the older generation. People who feel that the community in which they live is beyond their reach and may be a bit wary or reluctant to come to The Playhouse alone will be able to arrange to meet with or even to be collected by one of our youth or adult volunteers along with other people who are in a similar position, enjoying some company in The Reel Café Bar, as well as taking in a film or other event.

We hope this will foster new friendships and interests and allow people who feel a bit isolated, to reintegrate into the community.We will partner with local taxi firms to arrange special, accompanied collections for people with mobility issues.

Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner

Selected screenings will be parent/guardian and baby friendly for under 2s so there’s no need to worry about disturbing other guests while the film is playing.

These films will be shown with softer volume and ever-so-slightly brighter lights to create a sleepy environment for babies so their bigs can enjoy some much needed adult time.

Back to the Future

Our Back to the Future screen memories programme aims to make cinema a key part of a dementia and Alzheimer‘s friendly community by providing accessible, fun and inclusive screenings. This will enable people living with these conditions, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment giving them the confidence to continue to enjoy the cinematic experience.

We will recruit volunteers who are trained in dementia and Alzheimer‘s awareness to facilitate this as well as partnering with Montrose Community Trust which already runs Football Memories and Golf Memories programmes in the town.

Playhouse and Chill

On selected days throughout the month, The Playhouse will provide relaxed screenings for our customers on the autism spectrum or who have sensory sensitivities or mild dementia. We will show current and classic films for all ages, supported by our staff who will be trained in autism awareness.

Enjoy the freedom to roam around and make yourself at home in the chilled out environment with low lighting and sound and no trailers or advertisements. Relax in the comfort of knowing you are in a friendly and understanding space.

Little Rascals

On Saturday mornings we will screen new or classic children’s films for families in the safe surroundings of The Playhouse where they won’t be disturbed by pesky adults. We will include a drink and a snack with the children‘s ticket price. Family tickets will also available.

A Series of Exciting Events

Live events, for example, National Theatre productions, ballets, West End musicals, museum and gallery tours or musical performances will be streamed on a regular basis, giving the community easy and affordable access to national and international cultural events and educational experiences.

Our Spaces

Aside from providing a world-class cinema, Montrose Playhouse also features a variety of additional spaces for our community to use. Activity rooms, a cafe bar and our retail space can all adapt for different uses to make Montrose Playhouse a thriving community hub.

Activity Rooms

Adapting regularly regularly to meet the community's needs, these spaces are bright, comfortable and multi-purpose. At the heart of the building, where a range of activities can take place, our activity rooms are perfect for events, fitness classes, \ Read more

The Reel Cafe Bar

The Reel Café Bar is a popular choice during the day for meeting up with friends, business lunches, or just a quiet coffee. Our a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and a reputation for stylish and affordable food – catering to a range of dietary requirements and using fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible. \ Read more

12 Feet Deep

Our stylish retail space within the main foyer will sell a unique selection of designer, handmade and craft items sourced locally. On our vast areas of wall space we will exhibit an array of art works by local artists which may also be available to purchase. \ Read more
Watch movies, eat and drink in our bar and earn points for every pound you spend – and redeem them on film tickets or refreshments. And the best part is, you can even join for free!