Group seeks further talks with owners of defunct theatre
A group attempting to revive a Dundee theatre have called for further talks with the building’s new owners.
It was revealed in the summer that Glasgow-based firm Sava Estates Limited had purchased the King’s Theatre in Cowgate for £240,000.
But directors of a group aiming to restore the building to its former glory say they are still waiting to have discussions about its future.
Richard Meiklejohn, from the King’s Theatre Trust, said: “I had spoken to a man who said he was the owner of the building but we haven’t had any dialogue since then.
“Until we know we just have to plough ahead with our funding application.”
Andrew and Harsh Lal, who run Sava Estates Ltd, were unavailable for comment.
The company bought the at-risk King’s Theatre for a third of the price that it last sold for a decade ago.
Built in 1908, the theatre was converted into a cinema in 1928. It closed in 1982.
Back in its heyday, the venue played host to the likes of Sir Cliff Richard and the Shadows and Sir Harry Lauder.
Most recently, parts of the building were bought by local businessman Jimmy Marr’s firm Park Investments.
However, the King’s – along with a number of city pubs – was put up for sale after Park plunged into administration last year.
The trust recently completed a city-wide consultation on the theatre’s future.
Mr Meiklejohn added: “We’re really pleased with how the consultation has gone. The response to what we would like to do with the building has been really positive and people are really supportive to the project.”