No Picture House After Hogmanay

Mama & Co.’s  in the UK has been sold and will cease to be a live music venue after Dec. 31. 

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Plays at The Picture House

All events up to and including that date will go ahead, according to The Scotsman, but 2014 shows with Adam Ant, Miles Kane and Edinburgh’s Nina Nesbitt have all been nixed.

Mama acquired the 1,500-capacity, B-listed former cinema from Luminar Liquid Ltd. in spring 2008.

It opened as a music venue six months later.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the public, the venue staff, and all the great artists and promoters who have graced the stage over the last five years for their support,” a Mama spokesman said. “We understand that the new owners will close for refurbishment on that date and are not expected to re-open as a music venue.”

There is no further news of former Mama chief exec Dean James, who’s been on leave since the beginning of August.

“There will be a statement in due course,” James last told Pollstar about two weeks after his departure.

He wouldn’t say what prompted his sudden departure from the British-based live music company. Lloyds Development Capital, whose chairman Richard Thompson has taken over the reins at MAMA, stumped up most of the $11.7 million that enabled James to buy the company from HMV, just before the troubled entertainment retailer went into administration.