A crowdfunding venture to transform the derelict former cinema in Kirkcaldy High Street has raised 10 per cent of its target in just over a week.
The vision for the Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy was revealed last Monday, with plans to revitalise the former cinema and YWCA buildings and create a 2000 capacity theatre and a corporate events space.
As part of the launch, the non-profit organisation behind the proposals created a video to help raise the £30,000 needed to carry out initial works including feasibility studies, structural reports and work to make the buildings wind and watertight.
It has now been viewed more than 36,000 times, and over £3000 has been pledged by people keen to see the project happen.
Those behind it hope the initiative will help bring some life back to the town centre.
Grant Foster, a director of Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Ltd, said this week the response so far has been “largely positive”. He said he hoped people are becoming a bit more open minded about what can be achieved and what can bring investment into the town.
Following on from the announcement, a public question and answer and consultation event has been organised for Thursday, October 29 in the Robert Nairn pub in Kirk Wynd at 7.30pm.
“All are welcome and it will be especially useful to anyone who still has any questions relating to why its not a cinema and why would this work etc.
“It’s effectively to show we are open, we’re not hiding anything and hopefully to solidify that we are doing this to assist a possible rebirth or our town centre and our concept is the best option for the site.”
The money being raised through the crowdfunding is just a first step in raising funds to make the vision a reality.
“We are in the process of planning numerous fundraising and awareness events around the town and beyond, with donation buckets that will be placed around the town for smaller donations,” he said.
“Some of these events will capture some by surprise and hopefully inspire people by showing how serious we are.”
A funding application has already been made seeking an architectural heritage fund’s project viability grant.
Grant added: “We would like to invite Kirkcaldy Area Committee and Fife Council to contact us at the earliest opportunity to have serious dialogue about moving forward, especially around parking and other issues that have been raised on our online Q&A.
“We feel this requires wider discussion between everyone involved in the town centre.
“And we are seeking any assistance from any Fife business to help us conserve the building for the winter.”