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'Magical’ Community Cinemas Get Set To Roll Into Action

A travelling yurt cinema group and mobile cinema equipment for 11 Hebridean islands 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.  

Pix in the Stix

East Lothian's Pix in the Stix community group are using new funds to secure the latest cinema equipment and expand their cinema programme for children, families and communities across the local area.  

On receiving funding, the group said: “Pix in the Stix, our magical Community Cinema has always strived to be inclusive and innovative, often on a budget. This award will allow us to enhance our loyal audience’s experience of film, with new and upgraded equipment. We hope to entice newcomers, to experience the enjoyment and happiness our Community Cinema offers, showing a wide variety of films to both children, families and adults.  

“We truly believe that Community Cinema is a great way to strengthen communities and build strong relationships as part of our ever-changing community. We are knocked out by this opportunity to be able to continue and pass on this love of Community Cinema.” 

Screen Argyll

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.” 

East Dunbartonshire Council will launch the Spectrum Film Club, a monthly series of film screenings led by young film fans who share a diagnosis of an Autism spectrum condition and/or learning disability.  

George Burt from East Dunbartonshire Council said: “A joint initiative of East Dunbartonshire's Health and Social Care and the East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust, the Spectrum Film Club is creating opportunities for people with autism and other special needs to influence and take part in the cultural life of the local community.” 

Mobile yurt cinema social enterprise, Cinemor77 are developing and expanding their inspiring and entertaining cinema screenings and events projects with communities, festivals and organisations across Scotland.  

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Neill Patton of Cinemor77 said “We’re delighted to receive this funding for cinema equipment from Screen Scotland, as it will help us grow as an organisation and will make our work with communities across Scotland more sustainable. It will also enable us to work with many more groups and organisations to help them develop screenings, festivals and other events for their communities.” 

West Side Cinema in Stromness, Orkney are upgrading their film projection and sound equipment to support a year-round programme of film screenings from around the world and popular themed events.   

Mark Jenkins, Chair of West Side Cinema said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the award for new equipment, a big thank you to Screen Scotland. In particular, the upgrade to our sound system will mean dolby stereo sound for the first time in Stromness, which will result in a much better experience for our audience. We’re really looking forward to when we can reopen our doors, welcome our loyal audience back and continue the West Side journey.” 

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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.”  

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Eilidh Walker

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Notes to editors

1. Cinema Equipment Fund 

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

Funded projects: 



Awarded Amount  

Local Authority  

Aboyne Arts and Theatre Development Group  

Aboyne Cinema Sound  




Aberdeen City  

Atlas Arts  

Plural Futures Film Project  




New Cinema Equipment  


Edinburgh, City of  


Cinemor77 Mobile Cinema Equipment  


Glasgow City  

Colintraive Village Hall  

Kyles Screen, Community Cinema  


Argyll & Bute  

Cousland Village Hall Association  

Replacement in-situ film screen  



Dundee Contemporary Arts Ltd  

Cinema 2 projector replacement  


Dundee City  

East Ayrshire Leisure Trust  

Cumnock Town Hall Community Cinema  


East Ayrshire  

East Dunbartonshire Council  

Spectrum Film Club  


East Dunbartonshire  

Eden Court  

Projection Upgrade 2020  



Forgandenny Village Hall  

Community cinema – audio loop  


Perth & Kinross  

Glasgow Film  

GFT Technical Replacement Project Phase 2  


Glasgow City  

New Picture House (St Andrews) Ltd  

Projection Upgrade  



North East Arts Touring  

Mobile Screening Equipment  



Oban Phoenix Cinema  

Oban Phoenix Theatre (Untitled)  


Argyll & Bute  

Pavilion (Galashiels) Ltd  

Audio Upgrade 2020  


Scottish Borders  

Pix in the Stix Community Cinema  



East Lothian  

Screen Argyll Limited  

Screen Argyll Network Equipment  


Argyll & Bute  

Strathearn Artspace  

Strathearn Arts New Cinema Equipment  


Perth & Kinross  

The Barn  

Upgrading to DCI  



The Iris Arts Ayr CIC  

The Iris Mobile Cinema  


South Ayrshire  

Universal Hall  

Dolby surround sound equipment  



Universal Sounds (Arbroath) Limited  

Equipment Upgrade – DCI Compliant Projector and Associated Sound Equipment  



West Side Cinema  

West Side Cinema Upgrade  


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:

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: 

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