Built in 1905 by William Stewart Cruikshank, The Kings Theater in Edinburgh opened with a performance of Cinderella. The Edinburgh Festival Theater functions much like the sister theater of the Kings Theater Edinburgh. Howard & Wyndham was the company managing this theater in Edinburgh. In fact, they made the Kings Theater in Edinburgh as their headquarters. Since 1966, the Kings Theater in Edinburgh has been managed by the Festival City Theaters Trust. Today this theater in Edinburgh can house 1350 people in its three levels of seating. With an ornate d?cor and foyer doors of Edwardian stained glass, this theater in Edinburgh saw a renovation in the 1980s. Pantomime stars such as Stanley Baxter, Rikki Fulton and Jimmy Logan have performed at the Kings Theater in Edinburgh, which has a long-standing history for excellent drama as well as amateur operas and musicals.
Edinburgh is a theater-buff's dream come true. With so many theaters and cinema houses, there is something for everybody. Though there are many shows and performances the whole year round, the three weeks of August is an extravaganza of music, movies and culture. The Traverse Theater in Edinburgh is a modern theater that stands next to the Usher Hall. Divided into two auditoriums, this theater is host to some excellent Scottish playwrights and is one of the focal points of the Edinburgh Fringe. The Playhouse Theater in Edinburgh sees some big touring musicals such as Les Miserables and Phantom. The Bedlam Theater in Edinburgh belongs to the University and is wholly run by students. Another Edinburgh theater of repute is the Theater Royal. It opened its doors with a performance on 9 December 1767. It held pride of place in Scottish cultural life.
Edinburgh cinema houses may soon be witness to a revolution that will benefit moviegoers with digital movies. This will change the movie experience forever. Gone will be the days when projectionists will wait for end of reel so as to start the next one running on the second projector. Digital projection will revolutionize the screening of films in Edinburgh cinema houses. The arrival of the new digital equipment for projection will see about four Edinburgh cinema houses offering excellent quality visuals for cinema buffs.