New plans go public for former Rothesay cinema

PROPOSALS to revive a redundant former cinema, social club, restaurant and nightclub in the centre of Rothesay have been unveiled to The Buteman.

Entrepreneur Danny MacKinnon has told The Buteman of his intention to provide a range of facilities for children, adults and older people at the former Ritz cinema in the High Street.

Mr MacKinnon said he had been working on his plans for the building, which has lain empty since 2008, since last November.

He hopes to provide indoor play facilities for under-fives, laser gun games for older children, a recording studio, bingo for adults, a smoothie bar, self-service restaurant and even a golf simulator on the premises.

“I knew I wanted it to be a social centre of some kind,” Mr MacKinnon told The Buteman.

“Specialist roof repairs were required, and the bar has been converted to a tea and coffee area. I’ve also got wigwams, tents and indoor chutes and everywhere now has soft edges instead of hard ones.”

Mr MacKinnon said he intended to have the premises open for business until 10pm each night, catering for different age groups depending on the time of day and the day of the week.

“A five-figure sum has been spent so far on materials and equipment,” he added. “This is not going to be a short-term thing.”

Since it was last used as a cinema, the building has operated as a roller disco, a social club and, most recently, as a combined restaurant, bar and nightclub.