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The City Café Fringe Venue 85   Bar Food WiFi Air Conditioned
19 Blair Street. 0131 220 0125
Age Restrictions: All ages until 9pm, then 18+ only
Located on Blair Street, between the Royal Mile and Cowgate, the City Café is right in the heart of the Fringe. Refurbished downstairs in late 2017, there are now three small performance spaces which are all sound proofed and air-conditioned. It's been a Free Festival venue since 2008 the City Café has always been a in the thick of things, with performances inside, and the vibrant street performances from the Royal Mile and Tron Square Outside.
Types of Performances possible at The City Café
Comedy Theatre Childrens Events and Tours Music Musicals and Opera Cabaret Spoken Word 
city2.jpg (12941 bytes)The City Cafe is not only a popular performance space, but a popular cafe/bar for Fringe performers because of it's proximity to the Royal Mile and it's inexpensive food and drink. In it's new incarnation as a family friendly diner upstairs, and venue downstairs since it's refurbishment, it has proved even more popular.

The venue is ideal for all types of performance, and for 2018 the downstairs space has changed radically - with a small bar, and three small sound-proofed and air conditioned performance spaces. Given the sizes of the rooms, the rooms are typically suited to solo stand-up, theatre, comedy and music shows.

All of the rooms are decorated in the style their name suggests, are sound proof and air-conditioned. .

Performance Space: Las Vegas (Largest Room)

Stage - 1.5m x 1m stage area on the flat. No backstage or wing space. Low Ceiling.

Seating - Capacity is 40 mostly seated in rows and on the fixed seating. Including standing room for 5 people.

Lighting - Basic stage flood lighting, 1 x Par cans.

Sound - The room is supplied with an 4 channel mixer, with cable for MP3 player,  2xMicrophones, and 2xmic stands. 

Audio Visual - There is a large TV Screen in this room that can be used.

Storage - There is a small storage area at the venue for props and equipment shared between all shows.

Bar - Not in room, show audience holding area outside all three rooms has a bar for shows audiences only, with the main bar upstairs.

 

Performance Space: Hollywood (Middle sized Room)

Stage - 1m x 1m stage area on the flat. No backstage or wing space. Low Ceiling.

Seating - Capacity is 35 mostly seated in rows and on the fixed seating. Including standing room for 5 people.

Lighting - Basic stage flood lighting, 1 x Par cans.

Sound - The room is supplied with an 4 channel mixer, with cable for MP3 player,  2xMicrophones, and 2xmic stands. 

Audio Visual - There is no AV in this room.

Storage - There is a small storage area at the venue for props and equipment shared between all shows.

Bar - Not in room, show audience holding area outside all three rooms has a bar for shows audiences only, with the main bar upstairs.

 

 

Performance Space: Nineties (Smallest Room)

Stage - 1m x 1m stage area on the flat. No backstage or wing space. Low Ceiling.

Seating - Capacity is 25 mostly seated in rows and on the fixed seating. Including standing room for 2 people.

Lighting - Basic stage flood lighting, 1 x Par cans.

Sound - The room is supplied with an 4 channel mixer, with cable for MP3 player,  2xMicrophones, and 2xmic stands. 

Audio Visual - There is no AV in this room.

Storage - There is a small storage area at the venue for props and equipment shared between all shows.

Bar - Not in room, show audience holding area outside all three rooms has a bar for shows audiences only, with the main bar upstairs.

 

City Cafe  Images (from the old room - new room images will be added later this year):

 

Watching shows from the back of the room Stage and Audience view from the sound booth.

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