GAUMONT CINEMA KIRKCALDY

And to mark the grand occasion there will be a family matinee, red carpet treatment and classic movie treats suitable for all ages on Saturday. Strange woman, my mother. An exterior picture from is here , courtesy of Chris Doak. The steep vertical face marking this change in level was decorated with geometric features to prevent balcony patrons facing a large blank surface area, and two deco-style chandeliers also hung from the higher part of the ceiling. Destroyed by fire on Boxing Day A few years there was a proposal to fill the gap with a shop and flats. The towery bits are hexagonal and have deco steps at the top. The interior, as well as being fire damaged, was largely gutted at some point as part of an abandoned plan to convert it to a nightclub.

More photos can be seen on the Scottish Cinemas website, including 65 of the interior prior to demolition. Another consequence of the steeply sloping site is that the auditorium roof is on two levels, being very much higher above the balcony. The cinema was once a Mecca then a Vogue but was more lately the location for Allied Vehicles. On a half-landing on each side, doors gave access to where the projection box and what was presumably office space were accommodated. Returning to the ground floor foyer, the entrance to the rear stalls led to a small vestibule, from which stairs led down to either side of the rear stalls. Destroyed by fire on Boxing Day The stained glass what survives of it is nice.

It is like that there may also have been, as in the Glasgow Regal, fake conema foliage hanging from the walls and ceiling. Design and tech help by Duncan Stephen.

I just missed photographing this one for myself.

Archive exterior, courtesy of dusashenka s auditorium decoration, courtesy of Kevin Gooding. As mentioned, this symmetrical, linear approach, with minimal decoration, tall central windows and box-like elements stepped back from each other, was a style McNair was to repeat in later work.

Kirkcaldy’s golden age of cinema

The bulbous bit halfway along the building — just where the van is parked in the photo — has a nice deco frieze running along it. A few years there was a proposal to fill the gap with a shop and flats. The above image is from the Scottish Cinemas website. I much prefer these dignified ones to those with angels all over them.

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The damaged sign and general dilapidation argue against it. An exterior picture from is herecourtesy of Chris Doak. In keeping with its setting in the old station there are train cijema running around above your head in the middle part of the shop. More photos can be seen on the Scottish Cinemas website, including mirkcaldy of the interior prior to demolition.

This earlier example has recently been uncovered and restored in the latest redevelopment of that building — and this feature proves to be far from the only decorative similarity between the interiors of the two buildings.

Very nice they were too. Exterior window detail Exterior Doors Main Foyer.

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And to mark the grand occasion there will be a family oirkcaldy, red carpet treatment and classic movie treats suitable for all ages on Saturday. You can see it to the left above and to the right below.

Remarkably, almost 30 years after it gaumpnt last used, the Regal still stands, decaying gently as the town centre around it is regenerated.

The window above the entrance is striking. The towery bits are hexagonal and have deco steps at the top. The steep vertical face marking this change in level was decorated with geometric features to prevent balcony patrons facing a large blank surface area, and two deco-style chandeliers also hung from the higher part of the ceiling.

A plant room for extraction equipment capped kir,caldy main facade, with a pagoda-style roof and vent providing the final flourish. In one corner was the deco-ish Old Fire Station. That, on seeing how much they could afford by way of a monument to him, he immediately put up the rents again is seemingly only a rumour.

Where the earlier Hamilton Regal differed from later designs, however, was in the rather dull grey harled finish applied to the exterior. Speak to elder members of the community and they will undoubtedly have many memories of the picture palaces to share.

True atmospheric style cinemas had three-dimensional decoration which would create a fantasy setting, such as an outdoor courtyard in a foreign land, often capped by a ceiling painted or lit to look like an open sky. The cinema is of course no longer showing films. Destroyed by fire on Boxing Day Exit at side of proscenium Remains of splay wall decoration View from projection room towards screen.

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Scottish Cinemas – Kirkcaldy

The side alley was cluttered with bins and such on the day. Below is a photo of the upper level of a building on Primrose Street, now sadly unoccupied. This was apparently erected by grateful tenants after The Duke of Northumberland reduced their rents. Sadly, in Septemberthe cinema suffered a fire in the auditorium. It looks shut now though. In its prime, almost years ago, Kirkcaldy was in the unique position of having more cinemas per head of population than any town in Scotland. Click here for the full detailed photo survey October Photos of the cinema now kirkclady in its heyday can be seen on the Scottish cinemas website.

Posted in Art DecoCinemasGlasgow at The sidewalls, were like a smaller scale version of those of the Glasgow Regaldecorated with pilasters and an arch, with a pseudo-balcony front protruding between them. The Regal was initially built to the designs of Cindma J McNair, and was one of around thirty cinemas he designed over the three decades from around Down the lane past the entrance was a square with a market.

Like many cinemas it failed to survive the changing times and is now demolished. Posted in ArchitectureArt DecoCinemas at Opened as cinema by SCVT in This odd gaumonh was a result of the sloping site on which the Regal was built, with the auditorium being considerably lower than the front of the building.

Later used for bingo. At the junction of Shillinghill and Mill Street you can see this: A bit pricey mind. Some more elaborate scrollwork adorned the vertical element of the screen opening, above the fire exits. Since the closure of the ABC there has been murmurs of a cinema screen returning to the town in various locations and forms.

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