Transforming local cinema provision

A former swimming pool in Montrose and a touring cinema project in Shetland are among 12 community cinema projects across Scotland receiving new funding to transform the local cinema going experience.

From Moray to Dumfries and Galloway and Lanarkshire to Perthshire, local cinemas have been awarded a total of £500,854 through Screen Scotland’s Cinema Equipment Fund.

Plans for a former swimming pool’s conversion into a triple screen cinema and community hub in Montrose, have been boosted with new funds for the purchase of state of the art projectors and sound equipment.

David Paton, Chairman at The Montrose Playhouse Project welcomed the award, saying: “it will bring the playhouse in line with the most modern cinemas in Scotland.” Balancing in-demand releases with diverse and alternative content, the cinema programme aims to offer everyone in the community access great film in a friendly and inclusive environment.

Funding towards Shetland ArtsIn and Out Project will improve cinema facilities at the island’s arts centre, Mareel with the installation of new projectors, as well as the purchase of portable film screening equipment to bring and array of unique cinematic screenings and experiences to community halls, schools, care homes across the Shetland Isles.

Graeme Howell, Chief Executive at Shetland Arts said: “This funding provides us with is a fantastic opportunity to build on our current community arts programme. Portable film screening equipment will allow us to bring high-quality film screenings to remote and rural locations, enabling greater access to the arts and contributing to our mission to educate, promote, support and develop the practice and enjoyment of the arts by all.”

Cumbernauld is set to offer local audiences a brand new multi-screen cinema as funds for the purchase of the latest cinema equipment for Cumbernauld’s Arts Centre have been awarded. Currently in construction, the area’s £5.5m arts centre complex is and due to open in Autumn 2020.

Commenting, Cumbernauld Theatre Trust’s Executive Director, Sarah Price said: “Everyone we speak to in Cumbernauld is so excited about having a cinema. With this award, we’ll be able to open up a whole world of new cinema experiences for everyone in our community to enjoy – from curated film festivals to screening live performances from around the world.”

With new funds to upgrade film projectors and mobile screens, community cinema specialists INDY Cinema Group will be bringing enhanced touring cinema experiences to town halls, art centres, film societies and community centres in towns and villages across rural Scotland.

INDY Cinema Group’s Pete Johnson said: “INDY Cinema Group are immensely proud to support community groups the length and breadth of Scotland who’re underserved in terms of the magic of cinema and feel strongly that bringing films to these remote locations can act as a fantastic glue, bringing the various age ranges and demographics together to share an important out of home experience.”

"Portable film screening equipment will allow us to bring high-quality film screenings to remote and rural locations"

“This funding provides us with is a fantastic opportunity to build on our current community arts programme. Portable film screening equipment will allow us to bring high-quality film screenings to remote and rural locations, enabling greater access to the arts and contributing to our mission to educate, promote, support and develop the practice and enjoyment of the arts by all.”

Graeme Howell
Chief Executive at Shetland Arts

Screen Scotland’s Jennifer Armitage said: “From community cinemas to touring operators, to multi arts venues and full-time cinemas, these awards are helping to improve and expand cinema provision in every context, increasing its reach, depth and inclusivity across Scotland.”

Notes to Editors

Funding details

Organisation

Location

Funding Amount

Africa in Motion

Edinburgh

£5,000

Centre for the Moving Image

Edinburgh and Aberdeen

£11,409

Cumbernauld Theatre Trust

Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire

£100,000

Driftwood Cinema

Dumfries and Galloway

£23,400

Glasgow East Arts Company Limited

Glasgow

£18,000

Film Forres

Forres, Moray

£13,074

Horsecross Arts Ltd.

Perth

£2,500

Indy Cinema Group

Scotland-wide

£25,000

Montrose Playhouse Project

Montrose, Angus

£98,724

Shetland Arts Development Agency

Shetland

£98,196

The Birks Cinema Trust

Aberfeldy, Perthshire

£17,000

West Coast Cinemas LLP

Greenock, Inverclyde

£88,551

How to apply

Funding applications to the Cinema Equipment Fund are received on a deadline basis, the next deadline for funding is Tuesday 24 September 2019.

For full funding guidance and application forms, please visit: https://www.screen.scot/funding-and-support/screen-scotland-funding/cinema-equipment-fund

Media Contact

Eilidh Walker
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