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Mecca

Palais Bingo Hall

   Engraving in 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  Edinburgh Castle from Port Hopetoun ©

Palais de Dance

The Mecca Palais Bingo Hall, formerly the Palais de Dance dance hall is now rather dwarfed by the new developments at Fountainbridge.  The former dance hall opened in 1921

It was well known for its revolving stage which could accommodate two bands, allowing them to change over without a break.

However, It closed for refurbishment in 1967, but never re-opened after structural faults were found.

In later years it became, and still is, a bingo hall.

[Edinburgh Evening News,  November 1,  2004, p.6]
[Herald & Post, November 4, 2004, p.15]
[Edinburgh Evening News,  February 1,  2004, p.21]
 

New Developments

Most of the £60m building work at Lochrin basin is now [at Nov 2004] complete.  The first of the nightclubs and restaurants on this site are due to open within the next few weeks, some before Christmas.

The Edinburgh Quay developers are keen to reach agreement with the owners, Rank, to demolish the bingo hall, and to proceed with a £10m development to build new apartments and restaurants on the site.  They would propose to provide a new bingo hall, but not necessarily in the same area.

[Edinburgh Evening News,  November 1,  2004, p.6]
[Herald & Post, November 4, 2004, p.15]

 

Update

March 2005

Rank Group have had difficulty in obtaining planning permission for their preferred option:

 -  to build a new two-storey leisure complex on the site of their existing Mecca Palais Bingo Hall  beside the canal at Lochrin Basin AND

 -  to relocate their Bingo Hall to premises that are currently vacant at the nearby Fountainpark leisure complex.

Concern has been expressed over the number of licensed premises in  quality of the proposed architecture for the leisure complex at Lochrin Basin and about the number of licensed premises in the area.

A public inquiry is to be held to resolve this issue.

[Edinburgh Evening News,  18 February 2005, p.18]

New Bingo Hall

February 2006

Mecca submitted plans to create a new bingo hall on the Palais site in 2005.  Their plans included a 100-space underground car park and canal-side shops and Cafés.  However these plans were turned down by the Edinburgh Planning Committee, so Mecca now intend to create a new Bingo Hall at nearby Fountainpark within the next few months from February 2006.

It is expected that the old Mecca Palais bingo hall will be sold and that new developments on the site may include up-market flats, affordable housing, business units and restaurants, and an extension of the Union Canal.

It is understood that Historic Scotland will not object to the demolition.  However the Tollcross Community Council, Liberal Democratic councillor, Tom Ponton, and others have argued in favour of retaining the 's Art Deco frontage of the Palais.

[Herald & Post   February 9, 2006, p.21]

Proposals for a new Casino

October 2006

The Mecca Bingo Hall, formerly the Palais de Dance, at Fountainbridge has been empty since Mecca opened their new Bingo Hall at nearby Fountainpark.

Mecca have been attempting to throughout 2006 to acquire a licence to operate a casino on the former Palais de Dance site. 

However, the Licensing authorities have argued that Edinburgh has no need for another casino.  There are currently 3 casinos in Edinburgh, at Leith, York Place and South Maybury Road, with a 4th due to open at Fountainpark.

The Licensing Authorities have now turned down Mecca's application for the casino on the Palais de Dance site, 3 times between March and October 2006.

[October 31, 2006, p.16]

 

 

Fountainbridge

More Pages

Scottish & Newcastle Breweries  -  The Yard ©

Industry in Fountainbridge  -  history

Fountainbridge  -  Proposed developments

South Fountainbridge  -  plans announced

North Fountainbridge  -  plans announced

St Kentigern's Church  -  demolition?

Edinburgh Quay  -  developments

Palais Bingo Hall  -  demolition

Union Canal

Edinburgh Today

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page      Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.      At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.            At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photogrpahers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.  Details of who owns the copyright of photographs and other mateiral on this web site.

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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