Public question time over new Kirkcaldy theatre plan

Grant Foster answered questions from the public on Thursday. Pic: FPA
Grant Foster answered questions from the public on Thursday. Pic: FPA

A meeting offering members of the public the chance to ask questions about the proposed plans for the former ABC cinema in Kirkcaldy took place last week.

The question and answer session organised by Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Ltd, which is behind the plans for the old picture house and adjoining YWCA building, was held in the Robert Nairn pub in Kirk Wynd last Thursday night.

The public consultation event followed the revelation last month that the buildings, which are in a state of disrepair, could be transformed into a theatre with a 2000 seater capacity and a corporate event space.

The theatre would be Fife’s biggest live entertainment venue and it is hoped by the non-profit organisation running the project that it could help to bring new life back into Kirkcaldy’s town centre.

Grant Foster, director of Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Ltd, took to the floor to answer the questions on Thursday evening.

Turnout for the meeting was low, however those present raised a number of questions over the proposals covering a wide range of topics surrounding the development project.

Among the questions raised were some about the position of the current owner of the building.

Mr Foster said he could not comment on behalf of the owner, however he stressed that Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Ltd is currently in discussions with him.

He added: “We’re just trying to ensure that this building survives.”

The public also wanted to know if Fife Council was interested in the proposals and had expressed any views.

“We’re looking for positive dialogue with the council,” said Mr Foster.

The director also revealed that a £3000 grant has been awarded from the Architectural Heritage Fund. This figure is in addition to any total raised through the crowdfunding.

Other concerns including competition with the Adam Smith Theatre; why it will not be a cinema again and how those running the theatre hope to attract audiences from further afield, as well as top acts to perform, were also raised.

£30k target for funds ...

A crowdfunder is continuing to run in a bid to raise £30,000 for the project before December 7.

The video, which shows inside the building, has been watched almost 39,000 times and the fundraising total is currently sitting at over £3500.

Those behind the project are pleased with progress and are working hard to keep the project in the public eye.

To see the video or to pledge support visit Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy