‘Silver screen’ could make return to Ellon

Secretary of Ellon's Victoria Hall management committee, Keith Hart, hopes to attract cinema-goers back to the hall.
Secretary of Ellon's Victoria Hall management committee, Keith Hart, hopes to attract cinema-goers back to the hall.

MOVES are under way to bring the cinema back to Ellon.

A Cinema Day will be held in the town’s Victoria Hall on Wednesday, January 2, and hall officials are hoping for a good response from the public to underpin their plans to bring films to the venue on a regular basis.

Management committee secretary Keith Hart said: “Public support for the return of the cinema to Ellon continues to grow and we are now at the stage of deciding how best to apply for funding.

“We put out feelers and the feedback we got was that there is good public support, especially for children’s cinema for Sunday afternoons.”

The Cinema Day will be hosted by Film Mobile Scotland, which goes to various halls and venues in the North-east, including Peterhead, to show the latest film releases.

The January 2 films will be Rise of the Guardians at 3pm, when all tickets will be £5, and the 6pm showing will be The Hobbitt, when prices will be £7 for adults and £5 for under 15s.

Mr Hart told the Times: “It will be an ideal opportunity for us to gauge the level of interest from local people. Between 1995 and around 2001 they used to show films here, but the audience gradually dwindled away.

“Since then, there has been no cinema as such. The Cinema Day is really testing the water - if you want cinema we can do it for you, but we need support.”

Hall officials are currently exploring the economic viability of establishing a cinema and and are examining funding, possibly through Creative Scotland, and also options for sponsorship.

Back in the 1950s, the Victoria Hall was used as a cinema venue, showing films on three nights a week.