Stage set for Regent revival

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SOME of the best upcoming bands and most widely known tribute acts could soon be performing in Leven on a regular basis.

Newly formed music promotions group Floodinns Live plans to bring exciting acts from across the country to the town in a bid to further boost the area’s growing music scene.

The plan is not only good news for local music fans but should also benefit cinemagoers, with the Regent set to have its coffers boosted as the host venue for the once a month gigs.

Businessman Lee Murray, owner of the Flood Inns group, which runs Leven’s Agenda bar and restaurant, told the Mail he has been in talks with Leven Community Cinema, operators of the Commercial Road building, for a few weeks and sees it as a way to help protect its future.

He added: “The plan is for ‘Floodinns Live’ to put on these shows with a fee getting paid to the LCC which will pay its rent every year, and so taking away its biggest cost.

“Our plan, to start with, is one a month but I feel we may be able to do more once we are established.

“We have The Complete Stone Roses as our first gig provisionally booked, with a couple of things to tidy up before confirming, for September 22.”

To be able to accommodate the gigs the stage at the Regent will need to be extended slightly to create more room in front of the screen, but Sandra McKeen, chair of Leven Community Cinema, said the deal was a “win, win” situation for both parties.

“Lee thinks locally it’s the perfect place for it and obviously it’s to the cinema’s benefit as it’s generating income for us,” she continued.

“We have people who are coming in that haven’t been before, so there is still an untapped market who haven’t used the cinema that if they come for something else, and see what its like, hopefully will come again for films.

“We were always meant to be community use and a multipurpose venue and this is really one of the ways of being so.”

Meanwhile Leven Community Cinema is no closer to being able to buy The Regent building through the Common Good Fund as it cannot agree a price with owner Raphael Properties.

However, with the building already failing to sell at auction, and no obvious interest in it, the group is hopeful its lease, which runs out at the end of the year, will be extended.