Live: Carlton Theatre, Kirkcaldy

This was the second of a three-date Scottish mini tour promoted by Albert Bonici. The Beatles performed two shows on this night, each of which was seen by 1,500 people. The other acts on the bill were Houston Wells and The Fortunes.

The concerts were originally to have taken place at the Raith Ballroom in Kirkcaldy. Due to a decision by Brian Epstein that The Beatles would only perform in theatres, the booking was moved to the larger Carlton Theatre.

This was The Beatles' only visit to Kirkcaldy. The Carlton, which stood on Park Road, opened in 1937, and was later used as a bingo hall. It was demolished after a fire in 1972.

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6 responses on “Live: Carlton Theatre, Kirkcaldy

  1. Colin Carr

    I have just found this site looking up the Beatles at Kirkcaldy. I was 10 at the time, and listened to the concert through the fire exit door. I know that the town will always be remembered from the lyrics of ‘Cry Baby Cry’ with the line ‘The duchess of Kirkcaldy’. one of the few towns mentioned in Beatles’ lyrics.

  2. Donald Kirkbride

    the carlton was always a cinema but had a deep stage and dressing rooms for putting on live shows i know someone who was at that concert and he tried to get some of the ticket stubs but the girl in the ticket booth wouldnt give him any imagine what they would be worth now! i was only 5 when they appeared there

  3. Allen ross

    Hello my name is Alan Campbell ross I am A Beatles fan and I was lucky enough to be at the concert at the Carlton theatre! I was 15 years old at this time I can still remember my seat number M26! I was glad to have seen the Beatles I could not hear a thing to the screaming from girls

  4. Charles Fraser

    I was at this concert in the Carlton I was 13, I went with two pals from Smeaton, Kirkcaldy, one of my pals won a ticket at the Raith Ballroom to meet The Beatles backstage at the Carlton. he didn’t meet them at the Carlton as it was mayhem backstage, he was given a free ticket to see them in Dundee and met the Beatles backstage.
    Chick Fraser

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