This Friday evening, the spotlight will be shining on a new era of cinemagoing in Leven.
Eight months after the last picture show at the Regent Community Cinema, the curtain is rising on the new Kino Leven Cinema, modelled on the successful film theatre in Glenrothes.
It’s the culmination of much hard work by boss Graeme Reekie and his colleagues, who hope to offer Levenmouth audiences the very best of the new releases – and other big screen attractions – in comfortable, modern, up-to-date surroundings.
The movie chosen to usher in this new experience for local audiences is an end-of-year blockbuster – ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’.
While many of the Regent building’s unique characteristics have been retained, the building has had a £100,000 refurbishment, with new seats, LED lighting, a bigger kiosk, sofas, digital projector, and a larger, lower screen.
The foyer has been extensively reworked, while new facilities include a Tango ice blast machine – understood to be very popular with young filmgoers – and new heating, following numerous complaints about the old heating system in the Regent.
Graeme said he was looking forward to opening night and hoped local people would support the new venture.
These days, especially in Scotland, he added, “we’re quite lucky to have a cinema on our doorstep”.
A number of invited guests – in black tie, although lounge suits are acceptable – will be enjoying drinks and canapes for a while before the doors open to the public at 7.30 p.m.
Film fans will be able to look around for half an hour or so and take in the new surroundings before the screening starts at 8.00 p.m.