A major cinema operator is ‘aware’ of the former swimming pool building in Kirkcaldy but said no final decisions have been made about potentially developing the site.
The comments from Vue Cinema come as new figures, based on a report from the British Film Industry (BFI) - indicate a town the size of Kirkcaldy could support three cinema screens.
The statistics, provided by Edinburgh-based consultancy firm 4-consulting from information supplied in the report, suggest that Dunfermline and the Lang Toun could both offer three cinema screens - but while Dunfermline provides ten-screens at the Odeon, based in Halbeath Leisure Park, Kirkcaldy has no cinema.
The move comes after councillor Neil Crooks, head of Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions and chairman of Fife Council’s Kirkcaldy area committee, told The Press last month that a cinema is top of locals’ wish list for the town in 2015.
Throughout 2014 the owners of the Mercat, LaSalle Investment Management, have been in talks with Fife Council’s development team looking at various options to see how the old swimming pool building on the Esplanade could be developed.
But as yet, no plans have been confirmed for the site.
Richard Marsh, director at 4-consulting, said: “There are 6.8 cinema screens in Central Scotland for every 100,000 people.
“There are 367,000 people living in Fife which would suggest around 25 cinema screens, but there are only 17 screens in cinemas in Fife.
“Towns the size of Kirkcaldy or Dunfermline (both around 50,000 people) could both support three cinema screens. Dunfermline has a 10-screen cinema whilst Kirkcaldy has no cinema at all.”
When asked about the potential for offering a cinema in Kirkcaldy a spokeswoman for Vue said: “Vue Entertainment continually look for potential new site options and we are aware of the site development at Kirkcaldy.
“The development is still in the early planning stages and so no final decisions have yet been made.”
While a spokesman for the Odeon added: “Whilst we’re always looking for new ways to expand our offering, we can’t comment on any future plans.”