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Rebuilding and Revitalising Independent Cinema in Scotland- New Funding for Cinemas Across the Country

From Annan’s Lonsdale Cinema to Mareel in Shetland, 29 independent cinemas and two touring cinema operators from across Scotland have received new funding support from the Scottish Government through Screen Scotland. 

The £3.19 million Recovery Fund for Indie Cinemas will help stabilise, rebuild and revitalise independent cinema businesses in Scotland, by supporting new activity and initiatives that help address the fundamental shifts to the industry brought about by COVID-19. 

Sambrooke Scott, Head of Audience Development at Screen Scotland said: “Scotland has a marvellously unique cohort of independent cinemas serving communities across the country, from historic purpose-built venues to arts centres and multi-screen cinemas. Despite facing unprecedented challenges as we adapt to living with COVID they have continued to provide vital cultural, social and economic hubs for the towns and cities they serve. This fund will ensure they are able to continue that work and make vital changes to welcome cinema-goers back, to reach new audiences and future generations to come.” 

Culture Secretary Angus Robertson said: “We’re delighted to support independent cinemas across the country to build back and adapt their businesses in the light of the challenges faced by the industry throughout the Covid pandemic. 

 “Local cinemas are a focal point for communities and these funds will help them to develop new activities to re-engage with, and grow, their audiences.”      

This latest funding takes the total emergency funds awarded to cinemas, from the Scottish Government through Screen Scotland, since the pandemic began in March 2020 to £8,727,829 through the Independent Cinema Recovery and Resilience Fund and the Recovery Fund for Indie Cinemas.  

Contact Information

Eilidh Walker

0131 523 0019

07545 402 064

eilidh.walker@creativescotland.com

Notes to editors

Background 

Organisation 

Cinema Name 

Location 

Funding Amount 

The Birks Cinema Trust Ltd 

The Birks Cinema 

Aberfeldy 

£89,036 

Caledonian Cinemas Limited 

Moray Playhouse 

Elgin 

£196,877 

Campbeltown Community Business 

Campbeltown Picture House 

Campbeltown 

£67,465 

Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) 

Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) 

Glasgow 

£55,416 

Centre for the Moving Image 

Filmhouse (Edinburgh), Belmont Filmhouse (Aberdeen) 

Various 

£354,052 

Dumfries and Galloway Council 

Robert Burns Centre 

Dumfries 

£18,008 

Dundee Contemporary Arts 

Dundee Contemporary Arts 

Dundee 

£269,333 

Eden Court Highlands 

Eden Court 

Inverness 

£165,395 

Falkirk Community Trust 

Bo’ness Hippodrome 

 

Bo’ness 

 

£72,395 

 

The Fraser Centre Community Trust 

The Fraser Centre 

Tranent  

£25,570 

Glasgow Film Theatre 

Glasgow Film Theatre 

Glasgow 

£221,382 

Granada Cinemas (Edinburgh) Ltd 

Dominion Cinema  

Edinburgh 

£105,965 

The Highland Cinema Ltd 

The Highland Cinema 

Fort William 

£81,062 

INDY Cinema Group Ltd 

INDY Cinema Group 

Various 

£145,950 

Kino Entertainment Ltd 

The Kino Leven, The Kino Glenrothes 

 

Fife 

 

£79,300 

 

Lonsdale Cinema 

Annan Lonsdale Cinema 

Annan 

£32,217 

Macrobert 

Macrobert 

Stirling 

£198,069 

Newton Stewart Cinema 

Newton Stewart Cinema  

Newton Stewart 

£138,645 

Oban Phoenix Cinema 

Oban Phoenix Cinema 

Oban 

£44,266 

Pavilion (Galashiels) Ltd 

Pavilion 

Galashiels 

£178,173 

The Pickaquoy Centre Trust 

The Phoenix Cinema  

Kirkwall 

£27,580 

Premier Leisure 

Premier Leisure 

Saltcoats 

£91,459 

Regional Screen Scotland 

Screen Machine 

Various 

£68,146 

Shetland Arts Development Agency 

Mareel 

Lerwick 

£84,103 

Universal Sounds (Arbroath) Limited 

Bathgate Cinema, Alloa Cinema, Arbroath Cinema 

Various 

£188,309 

West Coast Cinemas LLP 

Studio Cinema (Dunoon), Waterfront Cinema (Greenock) 

Various 

£198,825 

 

 

Total 

£3,196,998 

*All funding awards remain offers until funding contracts are completed. 

Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland through enhanced funding, services and support and backing from Scottish Government and The National Lottery.  Screen Scotland sits within Creative Scotland and works in 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. screen.scot / Twitter / Instagram

Media Contact:   

Eilidh Walker   

Media Relations and PR Officer-Screen   

M: +447545 402 064   

Eilidh.Walker@creativescotland.com