Cinema boss Graeme Reekie is still aiming to usher in Leven’s new picture house by the end of this year.
The new owner of the town’s former Regent Community Cinema – which will be renamed The Kino Leven – said improvements were continuing and he hoped the new movie experience would be ‘scene and heard’ before the end of 2014.
Graeme was among the original players when the Regent was relaunched in 2010 and since then has managed the successful Kino cinema in Glenrothes.
He took over the Regent in Commercial Road in the summer, around two months after it finally closed.
Graeme reckoned the refurbishment would cost around £100,000 – but, despite a lack of use by the public, which helped bring the curtain down on the Regent – he remained “quietly confident” that the new-look theatre will be a box office hit with local people.
Much of the character of the building, which was constructed around 1922, will be retained.
The Art Deco features, including the proscenium arch and plaster work, are being kept, along with original seats upstairs.
The foyer is being extensively redeveloped with a brighter new look and a larger kiosk area, offering a bigger assortment of sweets and draught drinks.
A number of features of the Kino in Glenrothes are being replicated at Leven – including the comfy downstairs sofas – while Graeme is also installing a brand-new screen, which will be larger and lower, so it can be seen more easily from the stalls.
The heating is being overhauled, as many comments about the Regent focused on the fact it was too cold, while there will be new LED lighting as well, said Graeme.
“Leven is slightly different from Glenrothes – we have more room in Leven for things,” he added.
Although there was only one screen – for the time being – the new digital projector would enable a broad range of films to be shown, as well as DVDs, Blue-Ray, sporting events and satellite performances. Graeme said the possibility of adding more screens would definitely be looked at.
Around 10 people are likely to be employed at the cinema, mostly on a part-time basis, he added.
It was hoped a drinks licence might also be obtained, said Graeme, so people could enjoy a glass of wine with the flick – but the main thing at present was to work closely with the police, Fife Council, entertainments and licensing personnel to ensure the Kino would open safely for everybody. The Kino Leven has a new page on Facebook, which has already attracted over 1700 likes.