Cash boost for Kirkcaldy Kings’ plan

Bill Harvey of Kdy4All with Grant Foster of Kings Theatre. Picture by Fife Photo Agency.
Bill Harvey of Kdy4All with Grant Foster of Kings Theatre. Picture by Fife Photo Agency.

The project to transform the former ABC cinema on Kirkcaldy High Street into a live entertainment venue has received a welcome cash boost.

Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Ltd., the organisation behind the plans, has been given a £5000 award thanks to Kirkcaldy4All and the Town Centre Development Fund.

Grant Foster, director of Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Ltd., told the Press: “The £5000 combination from Kirkcaldy4All and town centre development will be put towards structural surveys and building surveys.

“The work is now being carried out.

“The next steps are to get the place wind and water tight, which we will hopefully start before the end of March.

“Myself and the other directors are extremely happy with this contribution as it shows commitment from the local business community and the local authority that we have to all work together to achieve this.”

Bill Harvey, manager of Kirkcaldy4All, said: “We’re delighted to be able assist in any way we can.

“This is an exciting project with a long way to go but we support it wholeheartedly.”

Last October the ambitious plans for the town’s former cinema and YWCA buildings were revealed.

A crowdfunding campaign was established in a bid to raise an initial £30,000 to enable viability studies and initial works to be carried out on the buildings.

Although that total was not reached, a total of £8169 was received, which also included a grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The vision will see the three former cinema screens returned to one large auditorium that would host an audience of between 1750 and 2000, making Fife’s largest live entertainment venue.

The former YWCA would be adapted to form a high end corporate event space and a fine dining restaurant.