Ellon Cinema has received a grant of over £4,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme.
The grant of £4,350 will cover their ‘full film’ service agency fees which will ensure that their regular movie screenings can continue on a regular basis.
Ellon Cinema is run entirely by a group of volunteers, most of whom are also Management Committee Members of the Victoria Hall Trust.
Together, they organise and run film show events once or twice monthly for the benefit of the local community.
Over the past two years, it has raised money from various sources to fund the installation of surround sound, DCI compliant digital cinema facilities which enables it to screen recent releases in special computer file format.
The ability to be able to handle such files is necessary as all the new films do not become available on DVD or BluRay for several months.
Without the ‘full film’ service, it would not have been practicable for Ellon Cinema volunteers to show recent releases that have been so successful.
The award has been welcomed by all involved in providing the cinema venue for the community and they go forward into the year ahead with much bolstered enthusiasm.
They are already making plans for further improvements to the cinema experience in the form of making and installing acoustic panels to cut reverberation, upgrading the surround speakers and looking at ways of making the hall even more light tight on each cinema day.
Regional MSP for the North East, Mike Rumbles congratulated the group on their funding success.
Mr Rumbles said: “The Victoria Hall provides a fantastic facility for people in and around Ellon. I am glad that they have secured funds to ensure the continuation of the excellent service they provide for the local community.”