New role for old Kirkcaldy cinema and YWCA?

The ABC cinema as it was in 1975...
The ABC cinema as it was in 1975...

Kirkcaldy’s old cinema building in the High Street and the adjoining former YWCA building to the rear may be about to have another shot at a new lease of life after lying empty for almost 15 years.

The extensive properties are currently under offer after being marketed by Smart & Co surveyors and property consultants from around May last year.

... and now with question mark posters on what was the front entrance

... and now with question mark posters on what was the front entrance

The front canopy also has giant question mark posters on it, adding to the intrigue over its future.

A spokesman for Smart’s was tight-lipped when approached by the Press.

He would only say that the building was currently under offer, but would not reveal who the interested party was.

Both premises are still under the ownership of local businessman Alex Cruickshanks.

Since closing its doors in December 2000 when it was the MGM cinema, several false hopes of resurrecting the B listed cinema building have started then failed.

The YW halls on the Esplanade have been used by various charitable groups.

In April 2004 the cinema was added to the Buildings At Risk register and, around the same time the Dundee-based Commercial Pub Company applied to turn it into a live entertainment venue, which attracted some opposition because it was surrounded by residential properties.

In May that year planning permission was granted for a pub and performance venue, but listed building consent for internal and external alterations was later withdrawn.

The building was sold in September 2005, and two years later an inspection showed it was suffering from lack of maintenance.

An attempt to turn it into an independent cinema also failed.