Screen Argyll

Community Cinemas in Argyll and Bute Get Set To Roll Into Action

Three projects in Argyll and Bute are among the 24 projects from the Orkney Isles to Galashiels, to have received support from The National Lottery through Screen Scotland’s Cinema Equipment Fund towards the purchase of new equipment to host accessible community cinema across Scotland.  

In line with the Scottish Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance, all 24 projects can now begin plans to get up and running and welcoming audiences, as soon as they’re able, from Wednesday 15 July.  

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Screen Argyll can now invest in new mobile film screening equipment and kick start a full cinema programme across 11 Hebridean islands. 

Screen Argyll’s Jen Skinner said: “We’re thrilled to receive this award. It will enable us to supply cinema kit to Barra, Vatersay and the Small Isles and support our work in developing film activity across Argyll and the Isles.” 

Colintraive Village Hall

Kyles Screen Community Cinema are to install a cinema screen, projector and sound system together with internet connectivity at the Colintraive Village Hall to enable them to screen a range of films including documentaries, foreign language films and independent cinema to local rural communities. This will provide a vital opportunity to bring the community together via film through a programme of screenings, talks, clubs and workshops.  

The Kyles Screen Group commented: “The community cinema is an incredibly exciting development and a longer-term game changer for the rural communities in the wider Kyles area. It increases our resilience, brings people together and strengthens links across generations. We are very grateful to our partners for their invaluable help and advice in reaching this milestone, including the Cowal Cinema Club, Dunoon Film Festival, The Dunoon Burgh Hall and Screen Argyll together with all our volunteers and members of the community." 

The Oban Phoenix Cinema are upgrading their equipment to allow the cinema to continue to deliver a high-quality and diverse programme to local communities.  

On receiving funding Oban Phoenix Cinema added: “Oban Phoenix Cinema is delighted to be awarded funds by Screen Scotland. The funding will enable us to provide top quality films and live theatre via our new equipment to all our rural communities for which the cinema remains an important part of the social structure.” 

Screen Scotland’s Jennifer Armitage said: “This round of awards concludes the year-long programme of capital investment in cultural and community cinemas in Scotland. When we launched the Cinema Equipment Fund last year, we had no idea what 2020 was going to bring but investing in the resilience of Scotland’s film exhibition sector is more important than ever. When Scotland’s cinemas reopen, they will be able to offer high quality experiences, with varied programmes, and within local communities.” 

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Cinema is a way of bringing people together, sharing our communities’ experience with others and increasing public understanding on a wide range of social issues and historical events. 

“Now more than ever, it is important we support cultural organisations in communities across the country. This round of the Cinema Equipment Fund shows how we support and strengthen cinema throughout Scotland with new high-quality equipment.”   

Contact Information

Eilidh Walker

0131 523 0019

07545 402 064

eilidh.walker@creativescotland.com

Notes to editors

  1. Cinema Equipment Fund 

Total amount awarded through this round of the Cinema Equipment Fund is: £491,285 

Funded projects: 

Organisation  

Project  

Awarded Amount  

Local Authority  

Aboyne Arts and Theatre Development Group  

Aboyne Cinema Sound  

  

15,613.00  

  

Aberdeen City  

Atlas Arts  

Plural Futures Film Project  

24,962.00  

Highland  

CinemaAttic  

New Cinema Equipment  

7,800.00  

Edinburgh, City of  

Cinemor77  

Cinemor77 Mobile Cinema Equipment  

14,505.00  

Glasgow City  

Colintraive Village Hall  

Kyles Screen, Community Cinema  

24,845.00  

Argyll & Bute  

Cousland Village Hall Association  

Replacement in-situ film screen  

1,660.00  

Midlothian  

Dundee Contemporary Arts Ltd  

Cinema 2 projector replacement  

21,099.00  

Dundee City  

East Ayrshire Leisure Trust  

Cumnock Town Hall Community Cinema  

12,612.00  

East Ayrshire  

East Dunbartonshire Council  

Spectrum Film Club  

6,448.00  

East Dunbartonshire  

Eden Court  

Projection Upgrade 2020  

42,121.00  

Highland  

Forgandenny Village Hall  

Community cinema – audio loop  

925.00  

Perth & Kinross  

Glasgow Film  

GFT Technical Replacement Project Phase 2  

30,171.00  

Glasgow City  

New Picture House (St Andrews) Ltd  

Projection Upgrade  

25,000.00  

Fife  

North East Arts Touring  

Mobile Screening Equipment  

22,438.00  

Aberdeenshire  

Oban Phoenix Cinema  

Oban Phoenix Theatre (Untitled)  

22,436.00  

Argyll & Bute  

Pavilion (Galashiels) Ltd  

Audio Upgrade 2020  

67,951.00  

Scottish Borders  

Pix in the Stix Community Cinema  

NEW AND REPLACEMENT CINEMA EQUIPMENT  

8,818.00  

East Lothian  

Screen Argyll Limited  

Screen Argyll Network Equipment  

12,190.00  

Argyll & Bute  

Strathearn Artspace  

Strathearn Arts New Cinema Equipment  

24,570.00  

Perth & Kinross  

The Barn  

Upgrading to DCI  

25,000.00  

Aberdeenshire  

The Iris Arts Ayr CIC  

The Iris Mobile Cinema  

10,223.00  

South Ayrshire  

Universal Hall  

Dolby surround sound equipment  

7,739.00  

Moray  

Universal Sounds (Arbroath) Limited  

Equipment Upgrade – DCI Compliant Projector and Associated Sound Equipment  

52,350.00  

Angus  

West Side Cinema  

West Side Cinema Upgrade  

9,809.00  

Orkney Islands 

  1. UK Cinema Association Guidance

The UK Cinema Association has published guidance to support cinemas to reopen safely.  This guidance can be found here: https://www.cinemauk.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/guidance-for-cinemas/ 

3. Scottish Government Guidance

According to Scottish Government guidance cinemas in Scotland will be able to reopen from 15th July, however these are indicative dates with confirmation subject to relevant evidence reviews and phase criteria being met. Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-scotlands-route-map-through-out-crisis-phase-2-update/

4. Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland. Sitting within Creative Scotland, it is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success. With funding from Scottish Government and The National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support. For further information please visit: screen.scot, follow us @screenscots on twitter and @screenscots on instagram.

5. The National Lottery

The National Lottery has raised more than £41 billion for more than 565,000 good causes across the UK since 1994. Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support people, projects and communities throughout the UK during the Coronavirus crisis. 

  

Media Contacts: 

Eilidh Walker 

Media Relations and PR Officer- Screen 

M: +447545 402 064 

Eilidh.Walker@creativescotland.com