Christmas tours planned for Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy

Tour guest Jenni Smith (right)

Tour guest Jenni Smith (right)

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The Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Group have announced two new public tour dates for the weekend before Christmas, following its first hugely successful open door tour day for the public.

Following significantly high demand, public tours for groups of 12 will be held on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 from 9.45am to 9.15pm.

The public were back in the old building for the first time in 16 years

The public were back in the old building for the first time in 16 years

The initial tours were held to commemorate the theatre’s 112th anniversary, as the Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy first opened its doors on Monday, November 14 1904.

Members of the public were granted access to the old theatre venue on the anniversary for the first time since the building closed as the ABC Cinema in December 2000.

The tours were led by volunteers Dave Clark and Stephen Barbour; a pair who have come to be known locally as “The Kings Beards” due to their prominent facial hair.

Stephen said: “The first tours were a great success.

A tour group is shown the main auditorium

A tour group is shown the main auditorium

“Everybody left the building with their eyes opened not only to the past and the amazing things that have happened here but with a clear vision of the future.

“Having the opportunity to show the public things that have been unseen for almost 80 years was an absolute privilege. Everybody seemed very excited by it.

“I cannot wait to the next set of tours in December for more people to see this amazing building and its future.”

Tour guest Jenni Smith enjoyed the experience.

Dave Clark and Stephen Barbour - 'The Kings Beards' (pic by Fife Photo Agency)

Dave Clark and Stephen Barbour - 'The Kings Beards' (pic by Fife Photo Agency)

“It brought back so many memories of the old ABC Cinema,” she said.

“The organisers had a great knowledge of the building and were able to answer all of our questions. I can’t wait to see it transform into a 2000 capacity venue!”

The November tours were very quickly fully booked prior to the event, and organisers are again expecting demand to be very high.

A waiting list is already in effect, with organisers aiming to include as many of those as possible who couldn’t make the previous tour date.

Anyone interested is encouraged to register their interest as quickly as possible by popping into The Kings Hub next door to the Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy building on the High Street, or by contacting the group directly through social media. Alternatively, bookings can be made by e-mailing the team online at: stephen@spbevents.co.uk.