Kino Cinema

17-19 Commercial Road,
Leven, KY8 4LE

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Regent, Commercial Road, Leven

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The Regent Cinema opened in 1922 and was operated by the local independent Fifeshire Cinema Company. Designed by the architectural firm Roden & Anderson, the exterior has a Classical ‘church-like’ style, but the interior is decorated in an Art Deco style. Seating was provided for 1,000 in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 30 feet wide.

It is listed as open in 1966, but has gone from listings in 1980. By 1990 it was operating as an independent bingo club named the Kingsway Bingo Club. Later it was operated as a Gala Bingo Club. which closed around 2011. A community group took over the building and it re-opened as a cinema, but they ran into financial difficulties, and it closed in April 2013.

In September 2014, the owner of the Kino Cinema, Glenrothes was interested in reopening the Regent Cinema and it re-opened as the Kino Cinema in early-2015. Seating is now provided for 210 in the circle and 40 on 20 sofas in the stalls.

On 28th September 1999, Historic Scotland designated the Regent Cinema a Grade C(s) Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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KikiFan
KikiFan on February 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Do you know what year this photo is from? I currently work here and it’s due to close next month but im looking for any old pics from the place and saw this one but would like to know the year plus if there’s anymore pics out there from the early days?

DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on July 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

I visited the Kino on Saturday 24th June 2017 to see “Churchill”, starring Brian Cox. I was made very welcome by the manageress. The cinema is in splendid shape, with 210 ‘traditional’ seats in the circle and 20 extremely comfortable two-seat sofas in the stalls.

Operator Graeme Reekie is a true ‘film’ buff, and I was delighted to see a leaflet (see Photos) advertising a series of Saturday screenings of classic films on 35mm.

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