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Dunfermline
Early Entertainment and Theatres

An old postcard depicting the High Street, Dunfermline showing the Guildhall on the left - Courtesy Graeme Smith

Above - An old postcard depicting the High Street, Dunfermline showing the Guildhall on the left - Courtesy Graeme Smith

 Fred Collins Entertainers in the Beach Pavilion Burntisland - Courtesy Josette Collins Marchant.In Dunfermline, former royal capital of Scotland and now a linen weaving centre of international standing, the townsfolk enjoyed during the 19th century and for over a century, the regular visits of major circuses including those of Sanger`s, Cooke`s, Ginnett`s, Pinder`s, Newsome`s and Hengler`s. Other entertainers established themselves on and near the Town Green in booths, and in portable theatres which were licensed by the Town Council.

Right - Fred Collins Entertainers in the Beach Pavilion Burntisland - Courtesy Josette Collins Marchant.

A postcard showing the Kinghorn beach Theatre - Courtesy Graeme Smith

Above - A postcard showing the Kinghorn beach Theatre - Courtesy Graeme Smith

 

Larger permanent theatres were established in wooden buildings including the Theatre Royal and the Balmoral Theatre. The first theatre to be built and finished in stone was William` Clark`s Music Hall & City Theatre in Guild Hall Street. Nearby towns on the Fife coast attracted holiday makers from Dunfermline, including nearby Burntisland which opened its Music Hall in 1857 for meetings and entertainments and the much smaller Kinghorn further east.

The above information on the Dunfermline's Theatres was written for this site by Graeme Smith in April 2013.

 

Index of Dunfermline Theatres

Alhambra Theatre In Theatrical Use

Balmoral Theatre - Demolished

Carnegie Hall - In Theatrical Use

Music Hall and City Theatre - Demolished

Music Pavilion / Glen Pavilion - In Theatrical Use

Dunfermline Opera House / Theatre Royal & Opera House / Opera House and Hippodrome - Recreated in Florida

St. Margaret's Hall - Demolished

Theatre Royal, Nethertown - Demolished

Central Roller Skating Rink / Olympia Cinema / Regal Cinema - Demolished

Articles on this site about Dunfermline's Theatres were written and kindly sent in for inclusion on this site by Graeme Smith in April 2013 and should not be further reproduced without his permission.

If you have any more information or Images for any of these Theatres that you are willing to share please Contact me.

 

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