August 5, 2008

GBP50,000 to Revamp Three Scots Cinemas


THREE cinemas in Scotland have received more than GBP50,000 from the UK Film Council to help update their facilities.

Glasgow Film Theatre, the Filmhouse in Edinburgh and the RBS Screen Machine in Inverness have all benefited from the film council's capital fund, which has awarded GBP475,000 to 56 cinemas across the UK.

The Screen Machine has been given GBP28,965 to buy a new digital projection system, the GFT GBP20,000 for building work, ventilation and new projection and sound equipment, and the Filmhouse nearly GBP5000 to buy audio description and subtitling systems to improve their facilities for the disabled.

Peter Buckingham, head of distribution and exhibition at the UK Film Council, said: "Small independent cinemas often represent the hub of a local community, but many can't afford to upgrade their facilities. We hope these funds will make it possible for cinema- goers in Scotland to enjoy film in a more comfortable environment.

"We're pleased to be able to help local cinemas improve their facilities and access. In many cases, these grants will pay for crucial kit to enable people with hearing or visual impairments to enjoy the exciting choice of film on offer."

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

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