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Opening of Green's Playhouse Cinema, Dundee

Promotional film for a well known cinema chain

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A film made to promote the opening of the new Green's Playhouse cinema in Dundee. Various graphics are used to showcase the furnishings and facilities in the new cinema. Shots include exterior drawings of the Playhouse Cinema, described as 'Dundee's Cathedral of Motion Pictures'; the interior is shown and described in a series of graphics and abstract images focusing on the seating, carpets, walls, curtains and tapesties; the 'Chromolux' lighting system, air conditioning and heating system and the accoustics with the Western Electric Wide Range Sound System. The film finishes with the slogan "It's Good, It's Green's".

Questions & Activities


  • Why do you think the image of a Cathedral is used?
  • Why was cinema so popular?
  • What other method of payment could you use to get into the cinema?
  • Can you think of any other cinema chains from the past and today?


Business / History / English: Research the history of Green's Playhouse. Which towns and cities had a Green's and how important were they to the local community. Interview a person who remembers going to Green's.

English / Media Studies: Create your own playbill for a range of films that might have been shown during the 1930s.

Media Studies: Look at how the different elements have been portrayed in the film (e.g. sound, Curtains, air conditioning). Design your own abstract images to represent these areas.

Media Studies / Business: Storyboard your own version of this film to promote a new cinema today (eg. the IMAX). What features would you highlight and how would show this?

Social History: Find out where your local cinemas used to be? How many cinemas used to be in your town? Interview an older person you know about their experiences of going to the cinema? What kinds of films did they see. What was the same and what was different?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-095-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0642
Date 1936
Genre Local Topical
School Subject English, Media Studies, Social History, History
Subject Matter Business
Who Green's Playhouse (cinema)
Where Dundee
Event Opening Promotion
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 3:48
Film Length 03:48