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We're rolling... new life for the Screen Machine

The Screen Machine is rolling again after undergoing a major refit of the vehicle, which has added a minimum of six more years to its operational life. Kicking of its latest tour in Brodick on the isle of Arran, the mobile cinema brings the full cinema experience to audiences in the more remote parts of the country. We went along to the opening to find out more.

More about the Screen Machine

The Screen Machine is the UK’s only full-time self-contained mobile cinema, bringing the latest cinema releases to communities across the North and West of Scotland.

The Screen Machine service was originally launched in 1998, and the current Screen Machine has been on the road since 2005, spending up to 48 weeks a year bringing the big screen experience to communities from Barra to Bettyhill and from Brodick to the Outer Isles of Orkney.

Regional Screen Scotland secured funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and sponsorship from the Royal Bank of Scotland, to meet the costs of the full and thorough refit, carried out by the Screen Machine’s original builders, French-based Toutenkamion, world leaders in mobile cinema design and construction.

This refurbishment breathes new life into the treasured Screen Machine. Overhauled internally, and with a fresh new look, Screen Machine will launch its new tour in Brodick with an exciting programme of films and events. The programme offers a rich range of moving image for audiences in a modern and high quality cinema environment.- Natalie Usher, Director of Screen

Screen Machine guests

Pictured here, clockwise from far left: Jennifer Armitage (Screen Officer at Creative Scotland), Robert Livingston (Director of Regional Screen Scotland), Niall O'Rourke (Arts Partner for The National Lottery, Camelot) and Iain Munro (Deputy Chief Executive, Creative Scotland).

This article was published on 09 Jun 2017