Cinema marks first year anniversary

Caledonian Railways Jonathan Black receiving the cheque from the cinema chairman, Graham Donald.

Caledonian Railways Jonathan Black receiving the cheque from the cinema chairman, Graham Donald.

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Brechin Community Cinema marked their one year anniversary on Sunday (April 24) - and thanked the business and volunteers who helped it succeed.

The group, which was formed in February last year, screened their first batch of movies in April, and have gone from strength to strength.

Discussing their progress, chairman of the group, Graham Donald, said: “The cinema was set up to give the community of Brechin and surrounding area a cinema experience with additional events that you would not get at a multiplex – we feel we have done this.

“We also wanted to support the City Hall by having another regular booking and increased footfall. Circumstances around the City Hall have changed and as an organisation we are fully involved and supportive of the plans to ensure its long term future.”

He also thanked those who had helped to make the community cinema a reality. He said: “None of what we have achieved would not be possible if it were not for those who sponsored us in the beginning; Brymers Butchers, GA Moir Jewellers and Print Matters. Since then we have had further support from Plus One Newsagent, Occasions, Portuguesa, Charlottes Chocolates, FilmMobile Scotland and funding from NHS Innovation Fund. All these business’s input has been greatly appreciated and very welcome in the first year of us finding our feet. We have ambitions to own our equipment which will allow greater flexibility in when, what and where we show films going forward – this is something we will be working on in the coming months.

“It would remiss of me not to mention our volunteers who have been an ever present in manning the hall and putting on a range of costumes in the name of fundraising. A thank you also should go to the audiences who have turned up on a regular basis and ensured we are economically viable – we look forward to bring more films with perhaps a few thrown in that are a little off the beaten track.”

Graham also explained that the group can sometimes be in a position to give back to the community, by donating to local causes. They recently donated £250 to the Caledonian railway to assist in the restoration of the wagon that was destroyed in a fire.