Nov 1 2012 By Ian Russell
A village is buzzing with movie-talk – and it’s nothing to do with Skyfall.
Film fans are flocking to Dunlop Village Hall for the country’s newest community cinema.
The small scale affair has been so successful in its first few weeks, it’s just been confirmed that more on-screen entertainment will take place well into the New Year.
Prime mover of the project, occupational therapist Sue Scott, is thrilled.
“Our first film, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, drew more than 130 people, and Kung Fu Panda – screened on Sunday – was another success,” she said.
“We are all delighted that the trial run is going to be extended.”
Batman Begins (Friday, November 9) and Mamma Mia (Friday, December 7) are other movies on their way, with at least five more scheduled for early 2013 screening.
It’s all thoroughly enjoyable, and cheap, entertainment.
Admission to the ‘open to all’ cinema is just £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for kids, with family tickets going for £10 (two adults, two children).
Sue said: “There’s a bar before and after and popcorn etc too, and the reaction has been all positive.”
The community cinema idea has been backed by Ayr Film Society who have provided the big 16ft screen on loan, and the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS), who supply the equipment free for the first year.
“And there are 12 volunteers too, without whom the project just would not be possible,” said Sue.
The local community company, who operate the village hall, are right behind the cinema initiative, and Sue stresses that it’s not a film club, but a facility that’s open to everyone to attend.
“We are aiming for a broad cross-section of the local community and beyond,” she said.
“And so far that’s what we’ve achieved.”
You can check out the future programme on the Dunlop Village Hall website.