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The Playhouse Bar stood roughly where Argos is now; the Half Moon was behind it, closer to High Baxter St.
"This [pub] was located behind what was LD Faiers' Wine Shop in the late 60 - 70s. There was a walk way between Buttermarket and High Baxter St and pub was midway between the two. It may have been originally a part of the Playhouse Cinema that was in Buttermarket? I worked there as a lad cleaning up on Sundays!!"(information supplied by G Reeve)
In early 19th cent. it traded as a Posting & Commercial Inn.
The inn itself was actually on High Baxter St, in the wing of the building perpendicular to the roads.
A cinema was built in 1930s possibly in one wing of the old inn and a bar was created to rear of cinema called the Playhouse bar before finally closing in 1970s.
listed building grade II
last updated 07/10/2013
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)