Media Release: Highland Perthshire gears up for Hollywood visit

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THE spotlights are being directed at a red carpet roll-out in Aberfeldy this weekend, as the small Highland town of just 1,895 residents awaits the arrival of Alan Cumming OBE who is set to formally open The Birks Cinema on Saturday night at a star-studded gala event.

Staff at The Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy are hard at work polishing the glasses, and making sure the Cinema lives up to its Hollywood connections.

Fiona Sloan, assistant manager of the Birks Cinema, commented:

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a small Highland cinema so we’re going to town. We have support from our local distillery, Dewars, which is bringing in its world-class expertise to mix the cocktails for our guests, our chef is hard at work preparing the menu for the canapés and our uniforms have been ironed within an inch of their life.

“To say there was an air of excitement this week would be an understatement!”

As patron of The Birks Cinema since 2009, Alan Cumming has lent his considerable support to the transformation of the building from derelict bingo hall to 104 seat cinema and restaurant, and will be attending a screening of his latest film Any Day Now, alongside some other familiar faces.

Alan will be accompanied on the evening by his husband, Grant Shaffer, a well-known graphic artist and illustrator; Scotland’s Machar and playwright, Liz Lochhead, who was appointed the National Poet for Scotland in 2011; and veteran Scottish actor, Ralph Riach, who became a household name after starring in the BBC drama, Hamish Macbeth.

The black tie event is a culmination of a landmark year for The Birks, opening its doors in April after lying empty for almost ten years, clocking up awards for its regeneration and securing itself a place on the shortlist for Scotland’s Building of the Year 2014.

Guests will start arriving on the red carpet from around 7.15pm, after the Christmas Lights have been switched on in the town centre.

General manager, Paul Foley, commented:

“Everyone is really looking forward to welcoming Alan Cumming back to Aberfeldy, where he was born, and we can’t wait to give him the grand tour around The Birks Cinema. Alan has seen pictures of the building before it was restored so he’ll see a big difference when he arrives in town this weekend.

“We are grateful for the support he has given the project over the past four years and we’re delighted to have him here to formally open the cinema. It is a fantastic reward after all the hard work everyone has put in.”

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