Group seeks fur­ther talks with own­ers of de­funct the­atre

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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.”

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