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'The Kinema Ballroom' was opened on Friday December 23rd 1938 with a 'Grand Opening Carnival Dance' (8:00pm - 1:30am) & tickets for "Fifeshire's Super Dance Hall" sold for two shillings and sixpence (2/6).

The late 1930s was the exclusive domain of the highly popular jazz / swing & big band sound.

Saturday 8thApril 1939 saw "scores of dancers turned away" from the door of a packed Kinema.

This first era of the Ballroom lasted only one year however as the decade ended with a period of closure on Saturday 30th December 1939 until Wednesday 29th July 1941. During this time it was used to billet soldiers from some Scottish regiments while some Polish soldiers were billeted at the Carnegie Women's Institute. The then Manager, Mr George Hylands, was quite concerned about the soldiers stomping around on the new sprung floor that had been installed and had it protected by a linoleum floor covering during the period it was used by the soldiers.

(I'm indebted to David Gilchrist - Mr. Hylands' grandson, for this info).

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Residencies

The resident bands worked pretty much seven days a week at this time with only an occasional night off when another guest act performed.  How many live performers could achieve that today?

 

From

To

Headline Act

Remarks

Friday
23-Dec-1938
Friday
30-Dec-1938
The Swingtette Dance Band 
Saturday
31-Dec-1938
Friday
30-Jun-1939
The SwingtettesThe Swingtette Dance Band's new name
Saturday
01-Jul-1939
Friday
29-Dec-1939
Fred Orr & His Band 

 

Single Performances

Date

Headline Act

Support Acts

Remarks

Wednesday
08-Mar-1939
Cherry GrantThe Swingtettes 
Sunday
14-May-1939
Fred Orr & His Band  
Saturday
20-May-1939
Fred Orr & His Band  
Saturday
27-May-1939
Fred Orr & His Band  
Sunday
28-May-1939
Jimmy MillerThe SwingtettesJimmy Miller - Late of Teddy Joyce's Band
Saturday
03-Jun-1939
Fred Orr & His Band  
Thursday
08-Jun-1939
Alex Freer & His Plaza Band From Glasgow (Tickets 2/- & 2/6)
Saturday
10-Jun-1939
Fred Orr & His Band  
Saturday
17-Jun-1939
Fred Orr & His Band  
Saturday
24-Jun-1939
Fred Orr & His Band  
Friday
28-Jul-1939
Jack Jackson & His BandFred Orr & His Band 
Friday
01-Sep-1939
Alex Freer & His Plaza Band From Glasgow


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