One year milestone for Ellon Cinema day

Ellon Cinema are gearing up for their first event of 2014 and this month’s cinema day marks their one year anniversary.

The cinema day will be held on Sunday, January 12 where children’s comedy, Free Birds will be shown in the afternoon at 12.30pm and 3pm. The evening showing at 6pm will be The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug.

The film is particularly special as the first Hobbit film was launched at the first Ellon Cinema Day.

To celebrate there will be a competition to win cinema vouchers on their Facebook page (Ellon Cinema) and children are invited to come along in fancy dress or party clothes to the afternoon showings.

Winners will be drawn before each film on Sunday.

So far the Cinema Days have seen around 3000 people come through the doors with numbers growing steadily as word of the town’s own cinema spreads.

The first cinema day event took place on Wednesday, January 2, where the Guardians was shown in the afternoon and the first Hobbit film was shown at night.

They were held in a bid to woo people back to the ‘silver screen’. The hall used to screen films three nights a week back in the 1950s.

A cinema-grade surround sound system was recently installed and there are plans for more additions to the events.

The volunteers are planning to raise funds to buy a projector, allowing them to show a variety of films, old and new, and hold even more cinema days.

Ellon Cinema’s Vicki Morgan said: “Once we have our very own projector, we will be able to screen almost any film and be able to offer a cinema service to local groups such as schools, specialist interest groups, even for private parties. It will be a real attribute to the local community and if any local businesses would like to make a donation to our projector fund that would be hugely appreciated.”

Enjoying the local cinema has lots of benefits for the community as Vicki continues: “We offer recently released films, the seats are comfy with plenty of leg room and there are cinema-type snacks available such as popcorn and ice-cream, but not at extortionate prices. You also don’t have to sit through half an hour of adverts before each film starts which is a bonus.”

“The nicest part of it all is that it is ran entirely by volunteers, there are the people who liase with Film Mobile Scotland, who design the tickets and posters, who run the Facebook page, those who do the film reviews, sell the tickets, set-out the chairs on the day, take your tickets at the door and tidy up at the end of it all. These people give their own time to make each Cinema Day a success.”

Sunday performances: Free Birds: tickets £5, The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug: tickets £7/£5.

Buy yours now from The Chocolate Bar, J&K Shoes or from the hall on Fridays from 12pm-1.30pm.

They can also be bought at the door on the day.

For more details of future events follow Ellon Cinema on Facebook, look out for posters or contact them at Ellon.Cinema@btconnect.com