Valentino's in East Fountainbridge, behind The Point Hotel, started out life in 1866 as The Palladium, a variety theatre, it was then converted to a cinema in 1912 during the silent era. Closing as a cinema in 1932, it reverted to it's variety roots. In the late sixties, and into the early seventies, it was known as the White Elephant club, the picture below was taken in 1971, and if you look closely you will see white elephants painted on either side of the entrance. It became Valentino's in the late seventies, with the balcony area being transformed into the members only club JJ's. I have also had an email from Dave Paton of Pilot and Elton John fame who kindly told me he saw Slade, and The Writing On The Wall there during it's time as The White Elephant. Many bands played here, some were to go on to massive success. In it's time also known as The Muscular Arms.
1980 6th April Shake, & Boots For Dancing
Gill and Trash from The Ettes at Valentino's . Thank you to Trash for this picture. © Pete Tainsh 1980.
1980 18th May The Teardrop Explodes
1980 29th June The Fall, The Thursdays, & Fire Engines
1980 21st August The Scars, The Associates, Josef K, & Fire Engines
Paul Research of Scars. Thank you to Simon Clegg for the picture.
Simon Clegg writes: "The Mo-dettes most well-known song is "White Mice", which was self-released as their first single in mid 1979 on Mode records, with "Masochistic Opposite" on the b-side. The single was distributed by Rough Trade. It spent 5 weeks at No.1 on the Indie charts. This gig at Valentino's was to promote that single. June Miles-Kingston (in this picture) re-emerged in the late 1980s as the drummer for The Communards; and she also worked with Fun Boy Three, Thompson Twins and Everything but the Girl. She is the sister of the former Ten Pole Tudor guitarist, Bob Kingston and now performs as a jazz singer in London."
1981 25th January U2, & Fire Engines
1981 19th April New Order & The Visitors
1981 9th August Fire Engines
1981 16th August Josef K, & Aztec Camera
Thank you to Alan for the Scan.
A review of the gig from Dundee's "Cranked Up" fanzine. Thank you to Gordon for the scan.
1982 10th January A Certain Ratio
Thank you to Andrew for this scan.
1982 20th February Blue Rondo A La Turk
1982 1st April Spandau Ballet aftershow party
The ticket for Spandau Ballet's party after their gig at The Usher Hall. Thank you to Simon for this item.
1982 1st May Scars (Mk2 without Bobby "Rab" King)
1982 9th May Mari Wilson & The Wilsations
1982 15th May Passage
Liana Martella at JJ's. Thank you to Simon Clegg for the picture.
From the 1981 Edinburgh telephone directory.