Montrose cinema & arts centre secures start-up funding
January 30 2014
Indicative plans envisage transforming the main pool area with one large 180 seat screen and two smaller 80 seat screens, alongside a café, bar and retail outlet together with a community space.
Located at the north end of Montrose High Street the project would be situated midway between Dundee and Aberdeen, sparing residents of Angus and lower Aberdeenshire, a 60 mile round trip to the nearest existing cinemas in both cities.
David Paton, senior technician at John D. Crawford and head of the volunteer group, said: “The group formed when I prepared these designs at home as I have wanted a cinema in Montrose for years. The town used to have two until around the early 80’s when the multiplexes started taking all the business from the town centre cinemas.
“The building at present is for sale but we have just been approved for a stage 1 community asset transfer and are looking now into our stage 2 application which is a lot more in depth.
“We also have a lottery and local council funding applications in at present for which we hope these will pay for a professional business and feasibility study by cinema consultant Ron Inglis who has helped set up The Birks cinema in Aberfeldy and also the Mareel in Lerwick, both of which are doing better than expected business projections.”
Additional funding to cover the capital costs of the work is being sought from bodies such as the National Lottery and Creative Scotland.
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