Basic Site Details

Name: Rio Cinema
Town, district or village: Kirkcaldy
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Plans have been passed by the Kirkcaldy Dean of Guild Court for a cinema to seat 2,066 persons to be erected at the corner of St Clair-street and Millie-street. The petition for the passing of plans was made by Messrs Peter Crerar, Dalleries-terrace, Crieff and James Gardiner, Westerlea, Anstruther. [Builder 15 May 1936 Page 997]

Mr T Bowhill Gibson FRIAS 30 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, is the architect for a cinema at the corner of Clair-street and Millie-street. [Builder 5 June 1936 Page 1147]

Messrs Alex Fraser and Sons, Millie-street Kirkcaldy have obtained the contract for the erection of a cinema in Millie-street and St Clair-street. The architect is Mr T Bowhill Gibson FRIAS 30 Rutland Square, Edinburgh. [Builder 24 July 1936 Page 184]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cinema  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Millie StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2St Clair StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219361937  
Item 2 of 2May 1936 Scheme accepted 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 1Thomas Bowhill GibsonArchitect 1937  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Crerar, Peter, Dalleries Terrace, Crieff and Gardiner, James, Westerlea, Anstruther 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder15 May 1936  p997
Item 2 of 4Builder5 June 1936CL p 1147
Item 3 of 4Builder24 July 1936  p184
Item 4 of 4RIBA JournalJanuary 1950v57London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp 121 - obituary of Thomas Bowhill Gibson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Library 1 press photo, possibly in RIAS collection
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Thomas Bowhill Gibson: L no4726 (combined box 5)