“ Address: 35 Canmore Street / Dunfermline / KY12 7NX / Scotland „
Im nearly 40 and have seen many pantos over the years and this one has got to be the worst ever. The characters were boring the jokes were terrible.Dame trot was sex mad and made no secrete about it,her jokes were full of sexual innuendoes.The stuff she was doing and saying made me feel terrible infront of my 11 year old son,at one point I covered his ears when she inappropriately started to mall a man like she sex starved.The songs did not capture the audience children were restless and as I looked around to see if people were enjoying them selfes everone looked bored. WOULD NOT RECOMEND THIS PANTOMINE.
I also went to The Alhambra Theatre on the 12/09/08 to see MAMMA MIA the movie and along with other reviews, I can only agree, its amazing!
However in complaint to the other review for the cinema night in the Alhambra, I loved the image of the teenage boy in the uniform. I've been in west end theatres many times, and have always said to my self, It would be great to see some young people working in here. And when I seen the teenage boy, I thought "At last! A manager with some sense getting the youth involved!". If I remember correctly, there were 3 commissionaires, and to be honest, not one suit was a perfect fit, as they weren't made for those exact people. So even though the suit wasn't the best fit for the boy, it was good enough for me. I'm a costume designer for theatres and understand that its difficult to get a suit, already made, to fit a specific person.
On a positive note, I've lived in Dunfermline for many years now, and also was curious what was going to happen to the Alhambra, and once it was bought by linklever developments, I, along with others knew that it was going to be a project worth while! The overall image of the theatre is outstanding! With the old fashioned box office's, the staff in the old uniforms, the pillars in the F.O.H, the amazing circle etc. The exterior of the building isn't as nice at the minute, but I popped onto the Alhambra website and seen some old pictures of the place with a massive neon sign outside. So It would be great to get one of those back!
I'm going to stay highly supportive to the restoration project and if anyone is passing the Alhambra i highly recommend you have a look inside! It shall blow you away!
The Alhambra theatre first opened in Dunfermline in 1922 and due to financial problems staging live shows became The Temple Of Motion Pictures in 1924. It ended up closing down in 1965 and being turned into a bingo hall.
A couple of years ago the bingo hall moved to Dunfermlines eastern expansion and the building became vacant. A property developer and theatre manager saw the potential in the place and decided to restore it to its former glory.
The Alhambra reopened in 2008 and Dunfermline favourites Nazareth were the first act to play in the venue again. The line up so far has included KT Tunstall, Roy Chubby Brown and One Night Of Queen.
I had heard loads of stories from an elderly neighbour about how he loved visiting The Alhambra to see films as a boy and I was delighted to hear that they had arranged to have a touring projection company visit a few times a year to recreate old time cinema showings and decided to go along and see Mamma Mia! the first film to be shown here in over 40 years last weekend.
My least favourite part of the old time cinema experience was queuing up waiting for the doors to open as tickets were not bookable in advance. The queue snaked round the corner and down the New Row. At least it wasn't raining and I bumped into a friend and we had a good gossip while we waited.
Finally it was time to go inside and buy tickets at the old fashioned ticket booth, just like the old days it was cash only and the tickets a reasonable £6. We were greeted by an usher, a teenage boy in an ill-fitting suit and cap and sold popcorn by a couple of girls wearing old fashioned uniforms with the trays hanging from their necks.
Then into the main theatre, they had recreated the mood of an old style cinema with smoke machines as due to the smoking ban real smoke would be frowned on. I was delighted to see a bar inside and free from my usual constraints of kids and the car made a beeline to it.
We took our seats and I had a look around this old building. The grandeur of the building was apparent but it would be fair to say that it is a bit faded and frayed around the edges. I've heard many tales about this place being haunted and I can well believe it; the place is downright spooky. Looking up at the balconies sent a shiver down my spine and I wouldnt even go to the toilet without my sister by my side even though I doubt she would be much use if a ghost decided to make an appearance.
The entertainment started with a showing of old black and white news reels. They certainly took the news very seriously in those days with the newsreaders all being male and speaking in clipped tones.
Then onto the movie. Mamma Mia! was every bit as good second time around, the hum of the old projector reel was slightly irritating at times but certainly added to the atmosphere.
There was a break half way through the movie and the girls with the trays containing ice cream and popcorn came back round but I'm afraid we were more interested in the outdoor smoking section and making another trip to the bar. You have to go through an extremely spooky hall to get outside but once you get outside there are benches, ashtrays and a lovely view of Dunfermline at night I've never seen before.
Back inside to our big bouncy seats for the rest of the movie and people were up dancing and singing in the wide aisles and the atmosphere was brilliant.
I really enjoyed my old time cinema experience and cant wait to see what film is coming next. I probably spent the same amount of money as I would if I had visited the Odeon a couple of miles away but this was much better. The staff had gone all out to make us feel looked after and have a memorable evening and it felt like a proper night out.
Congratulations to the new owners of The Alhambra for breathing some life into this old building. Hopefully this venue will continue to grow and attract top acts and become a popular place to visit once again.
An attractive, old building built in 1922 that has recently undergone renovations to take stage productions into another era.