Wednesday, 25 February 2009

THE STEPS THEATRE - 1979

This is the same top of the Wellgate Steps area in the previous photo only in it's brand new transformation into the Wellgate Centre, Library and Steps Theatre. The image taken in 1979.
I used to go to the Steps Theatre quite a lot in the late 70's/early 80's for it's cinema. They used to show quite a lot of obscure French films, art house movies and underground stuff in general. The most commercial they got would probably be Woody Allen pictures.
Mind you, as a consequence of putting on such arty stuff the place would be pretty empty a lot of the time. All you'd see was rows and rows of bright green seats and hardly any audience! In fact the only one time I remember it being packed to capacity was when they showed a 2 hour Looney Tunes cartoon extravaganza. Bugs, Daffy, Droopy and the rest of them. Now that WAS entertaining!
Photo by the Scotsman.Tints by GG

7 comments:

  1. I think I saw Back to the Future here in the 80s, but it may have been at the cinema across the road, I can't quite remember. During the 1990s (and possibly still today?), the theatre was used by Abertay for lectures. I remember on more than one occasion I had a lecture in the Steps followed immediately by a tutorial in the building just off Ward Road (just a few doors away from the pub in the recent blog post) - I have never run so fast in all my life to get to the latter on time!

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  2. Fullest I ever saw The Steps was for an early showing of the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense". Folk were actually dancing in the isles!

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  3. I remember going to see the somewhat hippyish 'Sir Henry at Rawlinson End' film back in the day.
    The memory of the overpowering stench of sweaty desert boots still lives with me to this day!

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  4. The only time I remember going to the Steps was a showing of a 1950's 3-D monster film - everyone had specs to wear!

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  5. If you were a regular you'll probably remember the loud crack through the speakers half way through the features. Striking up the lamp just before the changeover used to have folks nearly soiling themselves.
    We did good business in the Steps till the odeon opened at the stack. Lost some trade then but still managed a good few full houses. Which was a bugger if you were in for a foreign flick, you could never read the subtitles with a fat head in front of you !

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  6. The interior is still in pretty good shape, I was in it about a year ago. I'm sure it wouldn't take much to get the place back into a going concern

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  7. It is a going concern, still used by the libraries for conferences and Dundee archive film nights. Just video projection sadly,35mm projectors are in Dunoon. It's had a revamp but unfortunately that included removing the green jute wallpaper which actually gave it near perfect acoustics.

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