WEST Coast Cinemas (Greenock and Dunoon), Cumbernauld Theatre and Platform in Glasgow 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 across Scotland have been awarded a total of £420,000 through Screen Scotland’s Cinema Equipment Fund.
In the East End of Glasgow, Platform have received funding to buy permanent cinema equipment, where they have previously rented equipment, to expand its programme of cinema screenings for young people, GKC students, families as well as artists and artist film audiences.
Jenny Crowe, arts manager at Platform, said: “Platform is delighted to receive one of Creative Scotland’s first Cinema Equipment awards. This investment in state of the art equipment will help us to screen a greater range and increased number of films from experimental artist work to family screenings, enabling us to make film more accessible and engage new audiences.”
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.”
West Coast Cinemas have received funding to upgrade the audio and visual experience at both of their cinemas in Greenock and Dunoon and make their facilities more accessible. The new equipment will enable the delivery of West Coast Cinemas programme of mainstream and art house films, including Scottish talent and live event screenings from around the world.
David Shaw, owner, West Coast Cinemas, said: “West Coast Cinemas are delighted to benefit from the Cinema Equipment fund as it will enable us to enhance both facilities and ensure that we are able to provide a vital cinema experience to the communities of Greenock and Dunoon.”
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.”
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 for editors:
- Details of all funding awards for this round
|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|
The next deadline for applications to the Cinema Equipment Fund are 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
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