Western Theatre

202 Wellesley Road,
Methil, KY8 3BW

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Western Theatre

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Located in Methil, Fifeshire. The Denbeath Theatre of Varieties was opened in 1907 as a 1,300-seat variety theatre. The small entrance is in a pre-existing building, with the auditorium laying parallel to the road, behind existing buildings. It was re-named Gaiety Theatre in 1914. It had a 25 feet wide proscenium and two dressing rooms.

It was taken over by an independent operator around 1929 and was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system, the owners being so proud of their new equipment that they re-named the cinema the Western Theatre.

In the mid-1950’s it was equipped for CinemaScope and the proscenium was widened to 38 feet. The Western Theatre was closed as a cinema in 1978.

It became a nightclub named Rick’s, and operated as Maxwell’s bar in 2013. By 2018 it was known as The Venue. The original interior decoration has been gutted out.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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