Can we breathe new life into Kirkcaldy town centre cinema?

The traditional pay booth at the front door
The traditional pay booth at the front door

Building closed for 15 years - but can a new group bring it back to life?

It’s been 15 years since the doors to Kirkcaldy’s last cinema closed to the public.

The stripped back shell of the old cinema one is still recognisable.

The stripped back shell of the old cinema one is still recognisable.

That was the MGM cinema back in December 2000.

Since then the building at the east end of the High Street has been lying empty with several plans for the B-listed building failing to come to fruition.

In recent months there’s been some activity surrounding the old picture house and the adjoining former YWCA on the Esplanade.

Intriguing question mark posters and a banner for a Facebook page have been put up on the front canopy leading to many around the town wondering what is going to happen to the former cinema.

Those behind the Facebook page are continuing to stay tight-lipped for now on their plans as they work behind the scenes on the project to revive this building in the heart of the town.

However this week, thanks to those involved in the project, we are able to give readers a little look inside the empty building to see how it looks today.

Although it is not in the exact same condition that people will remember it from before it closed its doors for the final time, these photographs are likely to bring back some memories of visits to watch films on the big screen in days gone by.

And despite the fact that the condition has deteriorated over the years, some of the features, and the layout that people will recognise remain.

According to the Facebook page on the project, which can be found by searching for New Vision for Old ABC Kirkcaldy on the social media site, those involved in the plans are “an independent non profit organisation established solely for ensuring the survival and future use of these great buildings”.

And it states: “We have a plan that could change the course of this magnificent site: protect the heritage of a place that holds so many fond memories for so many people, and also assist with much needed growth into our town of Kirkcaldy,”

For now members of the public will have to continue to wait to learn what could be in store for the historic buildings, but it is hoped that full details of the plans will be released in the near future.

In the meantime, speculation on what the plans could be continues online and the Facebook page is continuing to share a little bit about the history of the former High Street cinema.