Church Hill Theatre Edinburgh
Church Hill Theatre
Address33 Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Coordinates55°55′58″N 3°12′36″W / 55.932817°N 3.210016°W / 55.932817; -3.210016
OwnerCity of Edinburgh Council
OperatorCity of Edinburgh Council
Current useTheatre
ArchitectHippolyte 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 North Morningside Free Church to a design by Hippolyte Blanc[4] and purchased by Edinburgh's town council in 1960.

Current use

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 And Musicals Company, 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]


  1. ^ "Church Hill Theatre | Edinburgh Festival Fringe". Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  2. ^ Church Hill Theatre |
  3. ^ "About The Church Hill Theatre". Assembly Rooms. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  4. ^ The Church Hill Theatre | Assembly Rooms
  5. ^ "Church Hill Theatre: Studio - Edinburgh Festival Guide". Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  6. ^ a b Church Hill Theatre - Council Venues and Halls - City of Edinburgh Council Archived 2013-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  8. ^ Edinburgh-Morningside.Com : Church Hill Theatre