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 Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Mon 16 Nov 22:40

Noticed when I went past at the weekend that work seems to be going on. Has someone finally bought it? Was always a shame that it had its inside ripped out but I always hoped it'd reopen as a cinema again.
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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Tue 17 Nov 09:52

Category B listed building

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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Tue 17 Nov 10:45

I remember when it was simply called `The Cinema`.

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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Tue 17 Nov 19:05

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Buspasspar, Tue 17 Nov 09:52

Category B listed building


Assume just the facade. When the Marr brothers bought it they ripped the whole interior out, floors and all.
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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Tue 17 Nov 19:38

Aye jake89 category B does not offer any form of protection unfortunately Its more a building of style and importance to the time and location ..shame really

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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Tue 17 Nov 19:43

Apart from a cinema, the old layout wouldn't have been of much use. It's a shame the Sports Bar concept failed but the subsequent change into an 80s club was surely obvious to have limited appeal. Can't comment on what the upstairs was used for. I think the only positive was the dirty sods could easily jump on a bus to Townhill or Abbeyview 😂
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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: P  
Date:   Tue 17 Nov 21:05

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wee eck, Tue 17 Nov 10:45

I remember when it was simply called `The Cinema`.


That sounds like modern chat - it used to be The Pictures in my day




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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: Frank Butchers LoveHandles  
Date:   Tue 17 Nov 21:05

Used to be a cracking chicken dippers in the mid noughties.

Awight Pat!
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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Tue 17 Nov 21:30

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P, Tue 17 Nov 21:05

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wee eck, Tue 17 Nov 10:45

I remember when it was simply called `The Cinema`.


That sounds like modern chat - it used to be The Pictures in my day


I'm sure Ghoulz would know the answer to this, but I always found it odd that the Kinema had such a name. I've seen a few mentions in the media where people have mistakenly assumed the Kinema was once a cinema whereas my understanding is it was originally a dance hall before going through various periods as a venue/nightclub before being a buffet restaurant.
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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: sammer  
Date:   Tue 17 Nov 22:00

That would be the Kinema Ballroom.
There was a small cinema called The Kinema- maybe the oldest in Dunfermline- between a church and the central post office.

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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: LochgellyAlbert  
Date:   Wed 18 Nov 08:51

The Kinema ended up as a Bingo Hall, still being used in the Seventies.
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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Wed 18 Nov 09:35

In the early 1960s I recall four working cinemas in Dunfermline - the Regal in the High Street, the Alhambra at the corner of New Row and Canmore Street, the (Palace) Kinema on Pilmuir Street and the Cinema at East Port.

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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: sammer  
Date:   Wed 18 Nov 10:01

There’s a very good website by a bloke called Gourlay which covers the history of cinemas in Dunfermline and Rosyth. The dates first opened are as follows:
The Olympia (1911) which became The Regal (1931)
The Cinema (1913)
The Kinema (1915) The Kinema Ballroom opened in 1938
The Alhambra (1925)

Here’s a football connection. Anyone know who Dorothy is? She’ll be 87 if she’s still about.

8th March 1953:
Dunfermline’s ‘Miss Lovely To Look At’ - Miss Dorothy Kerr (20) will, after presentations at The Regal Picture House, appear at The Kinema Ballroom to present the prize of a perm to The Ballroom’s own ‘Miss Lovely To Look At’ (Miss Margaret Russell of Edinburgh judged by George Niven of Rangers FC, Bobby Kirk of Dunfermline Athletic FC & William McNaught of Raith Rovers FC. This was to promote the MGM musical film ‘Lovely To Look At` (1952).

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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Wed 18 Nov 13:22

Sounds like a Father Ted Lovely Girls event 😂
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Topic Originator: buffy  
Date:   Sat 21 Nov 23:30

My Dei played the violin in the Regal pit fir the black and white films.

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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: Highway_Star  
Date:   Tue 24 Nov 10:36

I was a projectionist there in the early 1990s, it`s a real shame that the desctruction of the interior was allowed. I read somewhere that it was Scotland`s oldest purpose built cinema and the first permanent installation of talkies in Scotland. Not sure how true either of those things are though.

http://www.scottishcinemas.org.uk/scotland/dunfermline/include.php?filen=indexn.html

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 Re: Old Orient/Robins cinema
Topic Originator: Ghoulz  
Date:   Tue 24 Nov 14:40

Thanks sammer ... I am that bloke called Gourlay!

The Kinema Ballroom was purpose-built as a dance hall ... Dunfermline`s first.

https://www.kinemagigz.com/cinemas%20and%20theatres.htm

The name `Kinema` came about because the owners` (`The Palace Kinema (Dunfermline) Ltd`) first venture was a moving picture theatre called `The Palace Kinema` on Pilmuir Street south of and adjacent to the North Congregational Church (both now demolished initially in favour of a car park and now the current bus station)

`Kinematics` is the scientific study of motion, especially human motion, and the word originates from the Greek word `κινειν` (to move) hence moving picture theatres became known as `Kinemas` and later `Cinemas`.

Calling a dance hall a `Kinema` is quite appropriate, as there`s a great deal of human motion going on!



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