Ambitious plans to transform the former cinema on Kirkcaldy High Street into a live entertainment venue have been revealed.
Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Ltd, a non profit organisation, has announced today its plans to regenerate the derelict site to create what is believed to be Fife’s largest live theatre, arts and music venue.
The building originally opened in 1906 as Scotland’s first King’s Theatre and these new plans would see it returned to that use.
In recent months mystery has surrounded the future of the venue, which has remained empty since the MGM cinema closed its doors to the public for the last time back in 2000, with signs appearing on the building’s canopy over the last few months suggesting something happening to the building
And now those behind the project have revealed their vision for the building and the adjoining former YWCA.
The vision will see the three former cinema screens returned to one large auditorium that would host an audience of between 1750 and 2000, while the former YWCA would be adapted to form a high end corporate event space and a fine dining restaurant.
However, before the plans can come to fruition, those behind the project are seeking support from members of the public, businesses and councillors to help make their vision happen.
A crowdfunding video has been launched today to help raise £30,000 that would enable viability studies and initial works to be carried out on the buildings.
Grant Foster, a director of Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Ltd, said he hoped that by revitalising the building and providing an entertainment facility to serve the people of Kirkcaldy and further afield it could also help to rejuvenate the town centre.
Once complete it is hoped that the venue can attract top quality entertainment including the likes of Scottish Opera and the RSNO, as well as touring musicals and some big name bands.
To show support for the project search for ‘New Vision for Old ABC Kirkcaldy’ on Facebook or visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/kings-theatre-kirkcaldy-3
For a full report on the plans see this Thursday’s Fife Free Press.