Church Hill Theatre

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Church Hill Theatre Edinburgh
Church Hill Theatre entrance.JPG
Church Hill Theatre
Address 33 Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Coordinates 55°55′58″N 3°12′36″W / 55.932817°N 3.210016°W / 55.932817; -3.210016
Owner City of Edinburgh Council
Operator City of Edinburgh Council
Capacity 353
Current use Theatre
Built 1892
Reopened 2006
Architect Hippolyte Blanc

Church Hill Theatre is a Category B listed pink sandstone former church and current theatre venue owned by the Edinburgh City Council. Built originally as Morningside Free Church, the council purchased it in 1960.[1] After undergoing an extensive refurbishment, it re-opened in August 2006.[2] It is managed by the team operating the Assembly Rooms.[3]


It was built in 1892 as the Morningside Free Church to a design by Hippolyte Blanc[4] and purchased by Edinburgh's town council in 1960.

Current Use[edit]

It is a popular venue for amateur drama productions, as well as for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival.[5] Some of the non-professional theatre and dance companies it hosts include Lothian Youth Arts, Tempo, Showcase, Edinburgh Telephone Choir, Edinburgh Music Theatre Company, Leitheatre, Edinburgh University Footlights, Buckstone Youth Dance, Manor School of Ballet and Edinburgh Dance Academy.[6]


The theatre auditorium seats 353, and the building has space for smaller functions.[7][6] Since the renovation, there is now lift access to the auditorium, as well as a privately run cafe[8]