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New lease of life for legendary music hall as stunning new restaurant opens to food lovers
New lease of life for legendary music hall as stunning new restaurant opens to food lovers


It played host to David Bowie, Elton John and The Supremes but now an iconic music hall in Fife has been given a new lease of life as a first-class restaurant following a substantial investment that has created dozens of new jobs.

The Kinema in Dunfermline, which began life as a cinema in 1915 and was transformed into a music venue in 1938, has undergone a massive refurbishment and upgrade after suffering years of decline.

Taking its name from its previous incarnation, the Kinema Restaurant opens lunchtime today [MONDAY], and is already making a stir among Dunfermline residents due to its stylish design and innovative food offering.

Its new owners say that not only have they saved a piece of Scotland’s live music heritage but they have created a must-see restaurant that they hope will draw food-lovers from across Scotland. The building had lain unused since 2009. 

Owner-operator Yanli Zhao said: "The Kinema has a superb and rich history. Over the decades, tens of thousands of dancers and music lover would have come through its door to see the likes of The Who, The Clash and even Iron Maiden!”

Famously, one of its former managers Cecil R Hunter turned down a booking for a young up-and-coming Liverpudlian band … called The Beatles.

The Kirkcaldy businesswoman added: "All of us at the Kinema are very proud to be writing this iconic building’s next chapter, and hoping to be welcoming thousands more to our modern and stylish restaurant. There’s nothing like this in Dunfermline, or the wider area.

"We’ve curated dishes from around the globe - Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mexican - and presented them buffet style, and our chefs will perform at live cooking stations at our Teppanyaki Grill.

As well as its innovative cuisine, the Kinema has an exceptional cocktail menu with spirits and craft beers from across the world. About 40 jobs have been created, with general manager Connor Young and head chef Scott Spink both recruited locally from Dunfermline.

Ryan Barrie was consultant for the project to overhaul the Kinema. He said: "The Kinema is filled with stories and heritage, and I was delighted to be involved in this exciting and unique project.”

Mr Barrie was the brains behind the Citation and the acclaimed Spiritualist restaurant in Glasgow’s Merchant City. He added: "The new restaurant really does have the X factor, with the chefs as the headline acts and its exceptional interior as the luscious stage for their creations. I can’t wait for it to open and people experience its awesome interior and exceptional food and drink.” 

The Kinema opens to diners today.

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