Basic Site Details

Name: Palace Theatre
Town, district or village: Kirkcaldy
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: A new picture house in Kirkcaldy was opened on Saturday. It is centrally situated on Whytes Causeway, the main artery to the station from the High Street. The hall is 45 feet by 75 feet and has a seating capacity for 1,100 people. The decorations are white and gold, the main walls being relieved in a darker tint. The stage accommodation is 30 feet deep and 50 feet wide. The building has been executed from designs by Mr J D Swanston, architect, Kirkcaldy and has cost between 4,000 and 5,000. [Building News 16 May 1913 p696]

Converted to a cinema, and latterly to solicitors' premises after destruction by fire in 1946.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Picture Hall  
Item 2 of 2Picture Palace  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1WhytescausewayYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 519121913 Original building
Item 2 of 510 May 1913 Opened 
Item 3 of 515 May 1923  Alterations - drawings dated
Item 4 of 51925 Alteration/conversionConverted to cinema
Item 5 of 51945 Destruction/demolitionDamaged by fire


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 2John Daniel Swanston  1913 Original building
Item 2 of 2John Daniel Swanston B1923 Alterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Glen, Duncan2008William Williamson  P21 (ILL)
Item 2 of 3Peter, Bruce1999Scotland's Splendid Theatres: Architecture and Social History from the Reformation to the Present Day Edinburgh: Polygon (an imprint of Edinburgh University Press Ltd)pp222-3
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder1913CIV p 602
Item 2 of 4Building News1912CIII p 672
Item 3 of 4Building News16 May 1913CIV p 696
Item 4 of 4Fife Free Press2 February 1990  Feature article on Swanston

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Fife Archives, Iona House, John Smith Business Park, KirkcaldyKirkcaldy Dean of Guild Court Alterations DG/K/1/1473