From Fife to Florida

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From Fife to Florida is a unique film, as it goes into great detail about how a deserted old theatre facing possible demolition could have vanished and been forgotten by most people.
The film gives a comprehensive history of the Opera House, from it's humble beginnings in 1903 to it's demolition in 1983 and it's rebirth in Sarasota, Florida, opening in 1990.
Thanks to the Scottish Arts Council and two men, Sir James Dunbar Nasmith and Iain Macintosh, they had the foresight to save the interior plasterwork and balcony fronts. This was stored in Dunfermline until late 1980s
until the Americans got word about this old theatre stored in a steel container, came across, checked it out and decided, this was what they were looking for.
In the DVD there is interviews with entertainers such as Johnny Beattie, Tom Alexander, Ronnie Coburn and Denise Coffey.
The DVD also features interviews with some of the people who had gone to the Opera House on a regular basis.
Archive photographs and cine film of the well known artistes visiting the theatre, such as Will Fyffe, Harry Lauder, Harry Gordon, are also featured in the film.
Thanks to the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, where the Opera House interior can be seen in all it's glory and exactly as Dunfermline folk would had seen it in the 1930s, the Opera House has been beautifully preserved.
A really unique project which we decided was worth telling and as far as we know, hasn't been done before.

 

 

 

 

 



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