Anyway, by the time I arrived in Peebles 22 years ago, the church in the Eastgate had closed and was known as the Eastgate Hall, where exhibitions, sales, coffee mornings, fairs and suchlike took place.
However there was call in Peebles for an arts centre under one roof, and after much discussion it was decided that the Eastgate Hall was the place it should be at.
Eventually, after a great deal of fundraising and applying for grants the go ahead was given. The interior was gutted, a new floor put in to house the theatre upstairs, and the whole of this side wall removed to be replaced with a steel and glass frontage revealing the foyer and cafe/bar. The theatre doubles as a cinema on occasions, and the tiered seating can be telescoped back to allow for special events to take place that require a hall type setting. Downstairs as well as the foyer there are offices, an exhibition room and dressing rooms.
Each quarter a new programme of plays, musical gigs of one sort or another, films, lectures, etc. comes out, starring local theatre groups and musicians as well as the weel kent (well known) and downright famous!