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                       The Whole Story of The Famous Kinema Ballroom Dunfermline
 

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Grace Graham's Kinema Autographs from 1965
Kinema Autographs

Fife's first ever music fanzine / punkzine published in Dunfermline 1977-1979 - Read them here.
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Scottish Beat Groups Promotional Brochure from 1964
60s Scottish Bands

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What About Us: A Rocklopaedia of Britian's Other Recording Groups, 1962-1966
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Biographies of The Rezillos, The Scars, The Skids, Trax & The Valves and many, many more appear in this wonderful book by Alex Ogg
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"The Extraordinary KinemaGigz Website" - Tom Morton (Melody Maker Journalist / BBC Radio Broadcaster & Author) 

The original 'Kinema Ballroom's main entrance at No.19 Pilmuir Street (c1955).    The Kinema Ballroom mid/late 1960s? This extension to the original premises was built in 1964.    Night Magic - Neon & Laser Lightshow (1984)    Hollywood Boulevard (1990?)    The frontage of 'The Ballroom' on Carnegie Drive (circa 2000).    The Ballroom (2006)    Velocity Nightclub & Kinema Live Music Venue (Opening Weekend 2007)
(Click on any of these images to view a larger size)

     
 

Welcome to the famous 'Kinema Ballroom' Dunfermline
(aka 'Night Magic' / 'Hollywood Boulevard' / 'The Ballroom' / 'Velocity')

The British Library has invited 'KinemaGigz' to be preserved in the UK Web Archive!
 

No gigs are planned at present as the venue and adjacent bar
are sadly currently 'For Sale'

Click Here for Property Details

 

 

    Wanted   

Click HERE ... Then, if you know anything about an artiste or band that doesn't have a link - Tell me here!

Do you have any images of the frontage of Night Magic?  Mail them to me please!

 

Quotes

"In Brazil with Nazareth doing the first shows of World Tour 2011 - This site is fantastic. We are on a day off in Curitiba and for me to be reading all these memories is an emotional roller-coaster as it takes you back to your youth and say hey the Ballroom was and is A Really Cool Place.

We were really lucky in Central Scotland to have such a gift!"
"Keep up the great work Ghoulz."

Tam Sinclair (Road/Production Manager for 'Nazareth')

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"Ghoulz, ... My memories of the Kinema are of great importance to me. It's where we supported the Clash. It was also the place we most looked forward to playing in the early days and dreamed of headlining, which we did on many occasions. The first time we played was an amazing experience, sold out, buses coming from all over Fife - a truly incredible night for me, a 17 year old local boy and I'm sure for the rest of the band. These were the happiest times for us, before we changed and slowly pulled apart. Congratulations on the site".

Richard Jobson (Vocalist 'The Skids' & Movie Director)

 

So then ... What is KinemaGigz?

Launched on 14th September 2006 after 11 months graft and still a live 'work in progress', KinemaGigz aspires to help give The Kinema Ballroom in the historic City of Dunfermline the recognition it deserves as one of the more important venues in the history of live music performance in Scotland. At their most popular there were more than 600 such Dance Halls / Ballrooms all over Scotland and Dunfermline is proud to still have hers intact and still performing the same function.

"Important?" I hear you say - Just take a look at some comparative statistics for Glasgow's Green's Playhouse/Apollo for instance, against The Kinema Ballroom.

           No of acts:   Green's Playhouse/Apollo - 686  Vs  The Kinema - 1,170+  (1.7 times more and counting)
       No of gigs: 
  Green's Playhouse/Apollo - 1,439  Vs  The Kinema - 12,000+  (8 times more and counting)
    No gig years:
   Green's Playhouse/Apollo - 19  Vs  The Kinema - 65+  (3.4 times more and counting)

The Kinema Ballroom was never even in the same league as the Apollo, however I reckon it's relative importance has been overlooked.

It has been known variously as 'The Kinema Ballroom', 'Night Magic', 'Hollywood Boulevard', 'The Ballroom', 'Velocity' (and very briefly 'The Ballroom' once more though the Velocity sign remains). I will refer to it as simply 'the ballroom'.

The following pages contain the only known record of every live music performance in the ballroom from its opening night in 1938 to the present day, together with artist biographies, photographs and recollections from the people that were there.  Were you?

I believe I've nailed almost all of the 12,000+ dates and 1,170+ acts spread over 75+ years! (and counting).  I've written around half of more than 990 biographies that I've listed so far, and reproduced the rest with permission. There's still about 180 to find & with your help I believe many will be found. Additions and improvements are appearing frequently, so check out my 'Wot's New' page from time to time. (I recommend you bookmark this page for future reference).

Pop, Jazz, Big Band, Rock, Gospel, Soul, Punk, Folk, Dance, Swing, New Wave, Heavy Metal, Mod, Ska, Electronic, Reggae, Blues, Country, Rock 'n' Roll, Progressive, Funk, New Romantic, Disco, it's all here.

Matt Monro, Elton John, Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Cream, Billy Connolly, Acker Bilk, N-Trance, The Damned, Atomic Kitten, Thin Lizzy, Boney M, Bucks Fizz, The Dubliners, The Who, Rolf Harris, The Skids of course and hundreds of others some of which neither you nor I have even heard of! They've all played the ballroom!

If you're interested in who built this site and why, there's a piece about me and why / how I built the site here.

 

Contents: (or how to push all the right buttons)

Wot's New
Venue Info
Wanted
Actz
Biogz
Gigz
History
Memories
Pix & Vidz
Sources
Feedback

Who & Why
Comments
Links
Cinemas
Features

Press
Search

 A chronological list of significant site changes
 All the current technical stuff you could ever need to know
 The stuff I need to improve the site. Can you help?
 All the performers (over 1100 of them!)
 Biographies of most performers
 All the performance dates (over 10,000 of them!)
 A chronological list of all the building's significant events
 Reminiscences & recollections of the punters
 Images, photographs & videos of anything ballroom related
 Thanks & Further reading
 Be a contributor or just tell me how great it all is!
 Who built this site & why?
 What do my visitors have to say?
 Live links to some web sites you might enjoy
 My history of the cinemas and theatres of Dunfermline & Rosyth
 Interesting features of Dunfermline including Blue Plaques etc
 Reproduced Press articles on any interesting ballroom related subject
 KinemaGigz' search facility

 

 

How you can help:

In publishing this web site, I'm sharing my research and knowledge with you.
I hope you enjoy it and that you'll come back soon to check for additions, changes and improvements.

Do you know something that'll make it better?  Read on ...

Information:
If you can add any information to the list or think any of the data presented here is inaccurate, please contact me using the Feedback page and share it.  I'll then try to include it, especially if you have some 'hard evidence' such as ticket stubs etc that you could scan and send to me.

Images:
I'd love to include any photographs of the ballroom (inside or out but especially bands on stage) and scans of ticket stubs or newspaper articles etc. so please consider offering them to me for publication here.

Memories:
If you have particular memories of the ballroom and would like to share them, contact me using my Feedback page.
Be sure to indicate if you wish them to be published here and whether you wish to remain anonymous!

Opinions:
Press the Feedback button and 'let me have it!'

Thanks for your interest, ... I sincerely hope you enjoy the site as much as I am still enjoying researching and improving it.

 

Donations

KinemaGigz is a personally funded labour of love which receives no commercial/financial support at all.
If you have enjoyed your visit & would like to make a donation to the cost of it's upkeep, click the button below.

"Thank you so very much"
Ghoulz.
 

 

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