IT HAS played host to Pink Floyd and The Smiths across decades of entertainment in the Scottish capital. Now a last-ditch attempt is under way to save the Picture House on
More than 12,500 people, including 19 MSPs, have signed a petition pressing for the venue to remain a music hub. However, it looks likely the shut-down premises will be re-opened as a pub.
JD Wetherspoon has lodged an application with
He said: "The last thing this city needs is a key music venue, as well as the
"The Picture House has a musical history stretching back three decades and has brought the best international acts to the Scottish capital with acts as diverse as
"During the 1970s and 1980s it was known as The Caley Palais and hosted gigs by some of the biggest name artists of its generation including New Order, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Orange Juice, Queen and AC/DC.
"I refuse to stand by and watch decades of live music history be tarnished all in the name of a burger and a pint for pound(s)6."
He added: "Without the Edinburgh Picture House, that band you've waited ages to see will be through in
Edinburgh Central MSP Marco Biagi has also opposed the move.
He said: "I raised the issue of the large number of Wetherspoons applications in particular in Parliament with the minister for public health, and his message was what my message would be: we have to pay attention to the experts here, and the experts in both health and anti-social behaviour, the police and the NHS, have argued against additional licences in that area in the past."
He wrote to MSPs that the Parliament should note the recent purchase of the
He asked Holyrood to consider the Picture House is a much-loved venue and a key part of
He pointed out that the loss of the capacity to host musical performances would be a cultural and economic loss to the city.
He also asked that MSPs understandsthat a petition urging the new owners to retain the Picture House as a venue for music had attracted more than 10,000 signatures.
He urged JD Wetherspoon to preserve the place of live music in its plans for the Picture House.
A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said: "We didn't close it down. Wetherspoons bought the building after it was closed. In terms of the music, it's not on the agenda, but things could change.
"The plans are in and anyone who wants to look at the plans can. It is totally transparent."
She said: "It would be a real cause for concern if a large capacity pub is opened in an area where there are already so many licensed premises."
Supporters include DJ Vic Galloway who said: "
IT HAS played host to Pink Floyd and The Smiths across decades of entertainment in the Scottish capital.
Now a last-ditch attempt is under way to save the Picture House on