The Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Eastgate, Peebles EH45 8AD Google map
The Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre is in the heart of Peebles, close to the town’s High Street, with a large, free car park a couple of minutes walk from the front door. Originally a church, the building was transformed when the local community lobbied and started fundraising to create an arts centre in the town. Award-winning architect Richard Murphy was appointed and the building was transformed. It opened in spring 2004 and, shortly afterwards, was nominated as a finalist for the BBC design awards.
At ground floor level there is a welcoming foyer with cafe bar area and box office. During the summer months the café can be extended onto an external paved area for al fresco refreshments, weather permitting.
The studio is also at ground floor level, offering an adaptable space which is used regularly for classes, workshops and rehearsals, and often displays exhibitions by artists from the Scottish Borders and further afield.
The auditorium on the first floor is the Eastgate’s main performance venue, which can be set up theatre style with around 230 seats, or with the raked seating retracted to provide either a cabaret style setting with tables and chairs or a clear space for dancing.