About the playhouse
"Cinema is now the most popular cultural activity in Scotland"
- Creative Scotland, Film & Media supplement to 2014-15 Annual Plan
- Resource Efficient
- Safe and Pleasant
David R. Paton | Founder / Chair
Kay Larondie | Vice Chair
Kristin Alexander | Secretary
Laura Rose | Treasurer
Keith Wellington | Trustee
David May | Trustee
Janice Nicoll | Trustee
Keira Gowans | Member
Maddie Doig | Member
In June 2018 we, in a working partnership with lead partner Angus Council, applied to the Scottish Government‘s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund for £2.26million being approximately 75% of the capital funding needed to transform the former swimming pool into The Playhouse. In March 2019 we received notice that our application had been successful.
We still have approximately £1million in captial and revenue funding to raise through other sources including our reward based crowdfunding programme “The Fellowship of The Playhouse“ which gives YOU the chance to support the project by putting your name on a variety of items within the building. These are detailed on page 18-21. For further details and full terms and conditions please visit our website www.themontroseplayhouse.co.uk
Our focus is on creating a vibrant, sustainable asset which will utilise combined knowledge, skills and experiences to ensure that The Playhouse develops and continues to grow, bringing people, community groups and businesses together to effect and realise positive changes within our community.
The Montrose Playhouse Project supports and contributes directly to a number of key national, regional and local strategies and action/development plans, all aimed at creating a more inclusive, wealthier, healthier and fairer society.
The position of The Playhouse makes it an ideal location to help support the local commercial centre of Montrose. Our High Street is the backbone of the community and has seen a rapid decline in recent years. We conservatively estimate that in year one we will see over 85,000 admissions to the cinema alone.
That‘s almost 2000 people per week! Our market research shows that the majority of these people would more than likely use another nearby local business prior to or following a visit to The Playhouse, thereby supporting our local economy and encouraging increased footfall into our struggling High Street.We hope that through partnerships with our local community organisations and hard work we will help to bring about the revival of Montrose High Street.
Montrose has always been a popular destination for tourists in the summer. We have some fantastic attractions and landscapes to visit within walking distance of the town centre. But imagine a facility that would encourage tourists all year round. Statistically, towns with a cinema and arts centre benefit from higher tourist footfall all year round, which in turn supports other local businesses.
The Playhouse will create a number of employment opportunities for the community. This will include employment during the construction period and once the facility opens. Our tender process requires the inclusion of community benefit clauses in all tender bids, for example the provision of training and employment opportunities for local people with the contractor selected to carry out the work.