A young entrepreneur is set to re-open Kino Cinema in Fife, 12 years after it closed down. 22-year-old Graeme Reekie will become the manager when it opens in October, and he is currently renovating the building in Glenrothes, which had been left literally untouched since its doors were closed to the public in 1998.
The walls were covered in old pictures and a poster of the Spice Girls selling fizzy juice. Sticky floors, tired décor and a run-down look meant that the cinema, which originally opened in 1983, hadn’t aged well. Graeme has been heavily involved in the refurbishment project for the last few months. The dedicated youngster said:
“The people of Glenrothes really missed the cinema when it closed. This was partly due to the Odeon multiplex opening in Dunfermline and taking away a lot of business and partly due to the previous owners not doing enough to keep the cinema fresh and up-to-date. I decided to re-open it as I thought there was a huge gap in the market and that Glenrothes could do with something new to give it a boost.”
Talented Graeme, who studied journalism at college, has been bringing films to the public for a number of years. He trained as a film projectionist while he was a teenager and has worked at The Cameo in Edinburgh and at Caledonian Cinemas in Perth.
He is also the chief projectionist of the Cork Film Festival in Ireland, which is a great achievement for someone of such a young age. Graeme has been working at the Festival for several years and is highly respected amongst his peers there for his dedication and hard work.
The entrepreneur was also involved with the recently re-opened Regent Cinema in his hometown of Leven:
“The Regent has done really well and we are hoping to emulate its success with Kino Cinema. We want to be showing a wide range of films so that we can appeal to as large an audience as possible.
“At the moment if you want to see any art house stuff you have to go to Edinburgh. We want to cater for everybody.”
Before The Regent re-opened, the two main cinemas in Fife were located in St Andrews and Dunfermline, so for those who don’t have their own transport, a long bus journey was required to be able to see a film on the big screen. Now that Leven and Glenrothes will both have cinemas, local people can once again enjoy the film experience right on their own doorsteps.
Glenrothes currently has a community cinema, which local MSP Tricia Marwick is involved with. The cinema shows films once a month at the Rothes Halls theatre and has been extremely popular with members of the public, showing that a commercial cinema would be well received in the town.
The community cinema is holding the town’s first ever film festival on October 9th at the Rothes Halls theatre. The one-day event will be showcasing the talents of Scottish film-makers and building up support for the re-opening of Kino Cinema later in the month.
Kino Cinema will be showing new releases and some films in 3D and has more than 1,000 fans on its Facebook page. It is hoped that at least 10 jobs will be created when it opens its doors for business. Graeme said:
“People in Glenrothes definitely missed the cinema when it closed. I am hopeful that we will be successful in bringing some life back to the town and giving the residents somewhere local to go where they can fully enjoy the film experience.”
- See Kino Cinema's Facebook page for more information on the opening date and film showing times
- Kino Cinema to re-open in Glenrothes after 12 years
- Watch the interview with Graeme Reekie about re-opening Kino Cinema
- Scotland's largest cinema to open at Edinburgh Festival Theatre
- Scots cinema returns to 1920s with jam jar ticket exchange