Palladium Theatre, Edinburgh

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Palladium Theatre
Address Edinburgh, Scotland
United Kingdom
Coordinates Coordinates: 55°56′42″N 3°12′11″W / 55.945°N 3.203°W / 55.945; -3.203
Opened 1886[1]
Demolished 1984[1]

The Palladium Theatre was a theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.

It was originally built as a circus by John Henry Cooke, opening in 1886.[2] By 1908, it had been converted for use as a cinema and was rebuilt as a purpose built cinema in 1911.[3] After it closed as a cinema in 1932, it was used as a theatre by Millicent Ward and her Company (during which time John Le Mesurier made his professional stage debut there) until 1935 when it reverted to use as a venue for variety shows. During this period of its existence, stars including Lex McLean, Donald Peers, Robert Wilson and The Alexander Brothers performed there.[2]

By the 1950s it was in use as a venue at early editions of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[4] It finally closed for theatrical use in 1966, and was then converted into a bingo hall.[3]

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was a nightclub known as the White Elephant, before changing its name in the late 1970s to Valentino's.[5] During this time it hosted bands including Slade, The Cure, U2 and New Order. For a time it was also known as The Muscular Arms.[5]

The venue was demolished in 1984[1] and the site is now occupied by Government offices.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "The Palladium Theatre, Edinburgh". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Palladium Theatre, Edinburgh". Scottish Theatre Archive. University of Glasgow. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Edinburgh, East Fountainbridge, Palladium". Canmore. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  4. ^ Moffatt, Alistair (1978). The Edinburgh Fringe. London: Johnston and Bacon. ISBN 0 7179 4245 7.
  5. ^ a b "Valentino's/White Elephant". Edinburgh Gig Archive. Retrieved 12 March 2017.

External links

  • Palladium, Fountainbridge, Scottish Cinemas and Theatres Project

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