ONE of Leven’s most prized people’s assets has marked its first anniversary.
The Regent Community Cinema in Commercial Road staged a day of festivities on Saturday, exactly one year after its gala opening ceremony.
That event was the pinnacle of a 10-week campaign to refurbish the building completely and give the town back a regular movie theatre for the first time in over a quarter of a century.
It was 1983 when the Troxy in North Street closed its doors – while the original Regent picture house rolled its final credits as long ago as 1966.
On Saturday, two films, ‘Tinkerbell’ and ‘Morning Glory’, were screened with free entry to both for the first 250 people through the doors.
Children attending the first film enjoyed a slice of birthday cake and a visit by Peppa Pig to highlight the occasion.
At night, a private birthday party was held to convey thanks to all the people, volunteers, businesses and others who had helped the Regent flourish over the last 12 months, with a disco, buffet and live entertainment from Elvis Presley impersonator and joke teller, Linton Osborne.
Cinema committee chairman Frank Walker said the year had “flown in” and, while the group had always been confident about the cinema’s success, it was “overwhelmed” at the response.
“Who would think a year ago we would be where we are at this time?” he asked.
“This is our payback, to thank all the people out there who have helped us to survive and get where we are today, a year further on”.
Mr Walker said the occasion also showcased the Regent’s viability as a multi-purpose venue, while the committee still hoped to buy the building outright.
Talks were ongoing with potential funding sources, the lease was extended until July, and a grant application had been lodged with the area’s Common Good Fund.
Councillor David Alexander, chairman of Fife Council’s Levenmouth area committee – which approved a grant for the building 12 months ago – told guests: “I can safely say in the 25 years I have been a councillor, we have not spent a better £20,000. It is absolutely fantastic.
“If every £20,000 we spent brought something like this, Fife would be the best place in the world.”
Central Fife MSP Tricia Marwick said: “The Regent Cinema is the highlight of my last four years as your MSP.
“There have been many other good things as well, but to see a community come together and see to something we all wanted actually to happen is really special, and I am proud to have been a small part of it.”