The Caley Picture House at 31 Lothian Road opened in 1923 and played host to many concerts throughout the seventies and into the mid eighties, when it changed it's name to the Caley Palais. After a couple of decades under various nightclub guises the venue has now reopened as The Picture House, owned by the Mama group & HMV, who run such prestigious venue's as London's Hammersmith Apollo and The Kentish Town Forum.
1970 6th February Family
1970 11th August Tony Williams Lifetime (Tony Williams, John McLaughlin, Larry Young, & Jack Bruce).
1971 19th May Pink Floyd (moved to the university student health centre, bristo sq.)
1971 27th June Wishbone Ash
1971 19th April The Strawbs, support band Brake & Crane
1971 25th April Van Der Graaf Generator, Genesis, Graham Bell & Arc (in place of Lindisfarne)
1972 13th February Wishbone Ash
1972 30th July Hawkwind
Ray Schulman of Gentle Giant at The Caley Cinema. Thank you to Nick Brand for the picture.
Derek Shulman of Gentle Giant at The Caley Cinema. Thank you to Nick Brand for the pictiure.
1973 2nd October Man, Deke Leonard's Iceberg, Johns St Field & Vyvyan Morris
1976 31st October AC/DC
1984 4th May Ian Dury, support band Baby Knives (ex Trax)
1984 8th May Dead Or Alive
1984 10th May Runrig
1984 13th May Orange Juice
1984 4th June Billy Bragg
1984 14th June The Smiths
1984 7th October Aztec Camera, support band The Go-Betweens
1984 12th October Shriekback
1984 1st November Bronski Beat
1984 4th November The Alarm
1984 9th November The March Violets, & First Priority
1985 24th January Everything But The Girl
1985 5th February New Order, support bands The Royal Family & The Poor
The Sisters Of Mercy, Caley Palais 10/05/85. Thank you to Jim Barr for the picture. © Jim Barr 1985.
2008 13th September Idlewild (special preview night, the first concert at the revamped Picture House).
The photos below were taken prior to the revamp. © Pete Naples
A view from the intact balcony of the hall and stage. Once the chrome
decking is removed you can see wha a great place this will once again be.
Another view from the balcony.
A view of the bar!! This is situated in the original position at the back wall of the
venue opposite to the stage.
Another view of that all important light refreshment area!!
Another shot of the bar for good measure. If you'll excuse the pun!!
Original art deco Tiffany style stained glass situated above the fire
exite doors, taken from the inside.
More period art deco features.
Original proscenium situated above the stage area. This motif
is continued throughout the building.
A closer view.
Another original plaster feature.
Disco days ceiling art. Also original skylight with plaster detail.
More disco days ceiling art.
Original cast iron radiator lurking behind some plaster board paneling.
Now arguably some of the most interesting pictures. The original projection
room is still present, and amongst the air conditioning that has been placed here
remains a number of original projectors. As far as I know
films have not been shown here since circa 1983, so it's amazing
these have been left to gather dust. Possibly with the weight and bulk of these
machines, it has just been easier to leave them be. How fantastic and spooky!
And another view
Inside the projector
The makers mark proudly displayed on the top of the projector.
I think this is some sort of old stage spotlight, but it could be another projector.
Not sure exactly what this is, but it's "made in England", and is
something to do with film projection.
Another view amongst the rubble and dust.
This looks like some sort of service sheet for the equipment.
Some sort of old control centre.
Amongst the dust some old film reels lie.
No idea what this is...................