Scotland's abandoned nightclub where Kylie Minogue and other superstars once played

Once a bustling nightclub that hosted Kylie Minogue, Flicks is now nothing but an empty shell -Credit:Photo © Richard Webb (cc-by-sa/2.0)

A once-buzzing Scottish nightclub that hosted the likes of Kylie Minogue and other music legends is now nothing more than an empty shell.

Journeying back in time, Flicks in the Angus town of Brechin was one of the most happening dancing destinations for Scots in the 1980s and early-90s. Sadly, today it is an abandoned husk that is considered at risk.

In its heyday, music fans enjoyed performances from legendary acts such as Bananarama, the Village People, Rick Astley, Sinitta, Gloria Gaynor, Bucks Fizz, and Samantha Fox. However, it was Kylie Minogue's performance alongside her on-screen lover Jason Donovan that really put Flicks on the map.

As reported by the Scottish Daily Express, Brechin regularly saw buses full of partygoers from Edinburgh and Glasgow keen for a night on the town — despite its population of around just 7,000. This was in part thanks to its somewhat exclusive atmosphere, with the club enforcing a 'no-trainers and no-denims' rule.

It wasn't long before Flicks' reputation spread across the UK, leading it to eventually hosting iconic TV dance music show The Hitman and Her on a number of occasions. The programme, which was presented by Pete Waterman and Michaela Strachan, was filmed at various clubs throughout the nation.

If we go even further back in time, Flicks was actually once a movie theatre — which shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given its name. Inside the art deco building was the King's Cinema, which opened in 1927 and remained in business all the way until 1985, at which point it was turned into the iconic nightclub.

Even though Flicks' glory days are without a doubt legendary, at the end of the day they were fleeting.

It is sad to get a glimpse of what Flicks was like in its heyday -Credit:Screengrab / Scottish Daily Express

Entering the 1990s, traditional nightclubs began to go out of fashion in favour of hardcore raves. Flicks was one of many venues across Scotland and the UK to die as a result, closing its doors for good in 2005 after a short-lived rebrand under the name Arena.

Reminiscing on the heyday of Flicks on STV, its founder Stuart Aikenhead commented: "It humbles me greatly when I think of it, because without the staff, without the commitment of everybody that played their part, whether it was the glass collectors up at stupid o'clock, 3am in the morning, going and sticking promotional posters on trees from Brechin to Peterhead.

The Hitman and Her - Pete Waterman and Michaela Strachan - film at Flicks in 1990
The Hitman and Her was hosted by Michaela Strachan and Pete Waterman -Credit:Screengrab / Scottish Daily Express

"You know, the advertising was a major part and the doormen, the close camaraderie of the bar staff, everything to do with the team that was built, humbles me to think that they did it week-in, week-out and then the other side was the same faces that showed up week-in, week-out, sometimes four nights a week.

"It's very humbling to think that a population of 6,500 achieved something that, well, 35 years on or 36 years on, still creates a bit of a stir on Facebook."

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