Banishing those blues at Deja Vu!

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IT may be called the Blue Toon, but if there’s something that gives Peterhead folk the blues it’s the colour of an iconic building in the town’s Queen Street.

The former Playhouse cinema - now the popular Deja Vu nightclub - was painted several years ago in two shades of blue to the disgust of many local folk.

Together with the generally deteriorating condition of the facade of the prime town centre premises, it has prompted many to air their views on a wide range of social platforms.

But there is good news in the pipeline thanks to Councillor Alan Gardiner’s intervention on behalf of nightclub manager Sandy Garvock.

Alan told us: “Sandy really has been hoping to get something done about the exterior decor and facade for some time.

“On his behalf, I have been liaising with James Pearson a director of owners Park Leisure Ltd and had really positive talks with him.

“He is very much a supporter of the whole regeneration process we have in mind for Peterhead and we appealed for him to be part of that exciting plan.

“He really embraced the idea and he has given me assurances that within the next two or three weeks he will have costings undertaken and tenders put out with a view to having the windows sorted and a facade colour more suiting of the town.”

The Playhouse cinema opened in 1931 and was popular with all groups throughout the decades until it closed in 1999. By the mid 80s it was proving busy for a town the size of Peterhead with an average admission of nearly 2,000 and blockbuster films attracting between 5,000 to 6,000.

Deja Vu manager Sandy Garvock said the nightclub was very busy, regularly attracting 200-250 clubbers on a Friday and up to 500 on a Saturday night.