THE Kinema Restaurant in Dunfermline is up for sale for offers over £795,000.

And the global fusion buffet diner on Carnegie Drive, which closed its doors in the early days of the pandemic and never re-opened, is already attracting interest.

It's being marketed by Amazing Results, of Dunfermline, who said prospective operators could "bring your staff and start trading" as everything is still in place at the restaurant.

Estate agent Colin Jenkins told the Press: "The most iconic use of the property was obviously as the Ballroom for so many years but when it was taken over in late 2018, and opened as an international buffet-style restaurant, it was very successful.

"As we've seen with big operations in Glasgow and Edinburgh, it's an extremely popular way of dining at the moment which is why the Kinema is being looked at as a turn-key operation.

"When they walked out, they left everything, you just need staff and food to make it a restaurant again."

Formerly the Kinema Ballroom, an iconic entertainment venue in Dunfermline for decades, the doors of the building were closed in 2009 after its stint as Velocity nightclub came to an end.

However, it was given a new lease of life after Kirkcaldy businesswoman Yanli Zhao received planning permission in October 2016 to turn it into a ‘world-buffet-style’ restaurant with 250 seats.

After a major refurbishment, it opened in December 2018, creating around 40 jobs, with "dishes from around the globe", including Chinese, Thai, Italian and Mexican food.

But the business became a victim of the pandemic and, after all pubs, clubs and restaurants were ordered to close by then Prime Minister Boris Johnson in March 2020, it never re-opened and the directors decided to sell.

Storm damage, which saw masonry fall from the building in May 2020, led to scaffolding being erected and repairs carried out with a completely new roof, with a 20-year guarantee, installed in 2021.

A previous deal to buy the property fell through and it's now back on the market, with Mr Jenkins confirming there was current interest.

Amazing Results describe it as an "incredible turn-key restaurant business/investment opportunity" and added: "Everything you need to open this stunning refurbished, and fully-upgraded, established restaurant and bar in enviable central location."

The Kinema began life as a cinema in 1915 and was transformed into a music venue in 1938.

For decades, it was at the centre of Dunfermline’s entertainment scene – many West Fife couples got together after meeting 'at the dancing' – and one of Scotland’s most important venues for live music.

Due to popular demand, it was extended in 1964.

Huge acts like David Bowie, Elton John, Billy Connolly, The Supremes, Big Country, Madness and The Who all played at the Ballroom in its heyday.

It latterly became Night Magic, Hollywood Boulevard and then Velocity.