Bo'ness Hippdrome

Transforming Local Cinema Provision

Scotland’s oldest purpose built cinema, a community hub in Inverkip and a citizen group tackling social isolation in Dundee are among the 10 community groups from across Scotland to receive new funding to transform the local cinema going experience.

The Kip Cinema Project run by the Inverkip Community Initiative at the Inverkip Community Hub, Inverclyde will upgrade their existing outdated cinema equipment to provide an inclusive, accessible, affordable and family-friendly cinema venue for cinema audiences in Inverkip and across Inverclyde.

Kevin Rodgers, Centre Manager at the Inverkip Community Hub said: “The Funding from Screen Scotland will turn our Main hall into a state of the art cinema for the Community of Inverkip and surrounding areas with a new high-end Bose surround sound system, blue ray player and fixed movie screen. This will change the whole way we run our community cinema allowing us to expand into different age groups and genres, giving more access for a wider audience and making the hub much more inclusive.”

Inverkip Community Hub

In Dundee, citizen group Building a Stronger Menzieshill have received funding to support new equipment for the Menzieshill Community Cinema Project. Bob Mallinson from Building a Stronger Menzieshill said: “The new screen and audio equipment means we can go ahead and screen high quality cinema experiences, making this available to everyone in the wider community.”

Building a Stronger Menzieshill left-Bob Mallinson, right- Ian Wilson- Secretary

Alchemy Film & Arts in Hawick will upgrade their cinema equipment to support, Once Upon a Time in Hawick, a project designed to explore the identities, industries and stories of Hawick. This will include a year-round programme of film exhibitions, events and screenings and will bring audiences together to exchange stories about the town’s past and to share ideas about the future.

Rachael Disbury, Production Director from Alchemy Film & Arts said: “We are grateful, excited and delighted to receive funding from the Cinema Equipment Fund in support of Once Upon a Time in Hawick, our major new project. This funding allows us to widen access to our events and activities, develop and deliver locally relevant programming, and broaden interest in film as a way of generating discussion, strengthening communities and stimulating creative thought."

Exhibition of Inheritors by Webb-Ellis at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2019

Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema and home to HippFest silent film festival, Bo’ness Hippodrome is now set to upgrade their existing projector and audio equipment with new funding. Lesley O’Hare, Culture and Libraries Manager, Falkirk Community Trust who operate the cinema said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to enhance the presentation of the Hippodrome’s regular programme and live screenings of theatre and music events bringing 21st Century technology to this much-loved venue. The cinema’s provision for partially sighted customers will also be improved with new infrared receivers for audio described screenings helping to ensure that the Hippodrome is accessible to all.”

Bo'ness Hippodrome

Screen Scotland’s Jennifer Armitage said: “Film Exhibition is incredibly important to Scotland’s film culture and the Cinema Equipment Fund supports our ambition to develop audiences in Scotland by increasing access to high-quality cinema provision. The fantastic organisations awarded funding in this round highlight the dedication of groups across Scotland to bring communities together and provide audiences with a diverse programme of indigenous and international films.”

Contact Information

Eilidh Walker

0131 523 0019

07545 402 064

Notes to editors

  1. Details of all funding awards for this round



Funding Amount

Alchemy Films & Arts



Bo’ness Hippodrome



Building Stronger Menzieshill



Centre for the Contemporary Arts



Eastgate Theatre



Fife Cultural Trust



Kelty Community Cinema



Inverkip Community Initiative



MacRobert Arts Centre



Sett Studios



The total funding awarded through this round is £318,058

  1. The next deadline for applications to the Cinema Equipment Fund are is: Tuesday 28 January 2020.  For full funding guidance and application forms, please visit:
  2. Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland.  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.  Screen Scotland sits within Creative Scotland and 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.  @screenscots